Joining COVAX Could Save American Lives

Foreign Policy | Sep 15, 2020 at 4:42 PM
  • In one of its latest strikes against global solidarity in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has declared that it will not participate in the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility, a global partnership that aims to support the development of a vaccine and share access to it.
  • Although self-financing countries may secure doses for up to 50 percent of their populations, following the principle of global equity, no country will receive more vaccine than will cover 20 percent of their populations until all COVAX participants have received doses to cover their most vulnerable 20 percent.
  • Most importantly, even as the Trump administration enters separate agreements with vaccine manufacturers, COVAX has a larger set of vaccine candidates than these separate agreements cover.