There is no vaccine yet, but the vaccine politics are already here.
What do I mean by vaccine politics? I mean the different ways potential vaccine makers and suppliers are being lured by countries and their leaders to put them on their number one priority list.
Take Trump for example, who approached a german pharmaceutical company to sell the vaccine to the US only in return for billions of dollars. The company rejected the “offer” saying capitalism has its limits and Germany is not for sale. Now, a french company recently announced it will make the US its priority country if it is successful in making the vaccine.
Professors of oxford medicine are recently testing their vaccine and US is developing new and easy ways to do covid testing which doesn’t involve any interaction of the suspected corona patient and the outside world, like spitting in a cup through which health professionals will determine whether there is coronavirus present or not.
A vaccine is not here yet but a lot of countries are trying to convince and pressurize pharmaceutical companies around the world that they should be given the vaccine first, and the research information about vaccine development is also very valuable like the US has said that Chinese hackers are also trying to steal classified vaccine information from the US. Countries have also become more sensitive about their research and information about covid19.
WHO announced that it is a possibility that we may have to live with coronavirus forever, finding innovative ways to return to our daily routines, like China, which finally opened all schools and instructed students to come to school. Upon arrival, their bags are disinfected, they are given new masks and with a glass shield over their faces, while of course maintaining social distance they are taking classes. Hong kong also opened up its banks and offices in which workers maintain social distance and wear glass shields over their faces. These measures taken by countries and the recent announcement by WHO gives the idea that getting a vaccine is going to take a while and now, we have no option but to get back to our old routines with preventive measures, but when it will arrive, we should know that Pakistan will be very far and low on the priority list. Rich developed countries will first get the vaccine for themselves or use it for achieving other goals. Obviously they are rich enough to pay for vaccines. Pakistan, in that situation, will also be dependent on China, just like it was before for testing kits, China provided Pakistan with PPE. In the future too, maybe China will be providing Pakistan with the vaccine.