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Vaccine Nationalism or Vaccine Diplomacy? The Global Quest for Vaccines

May 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

The coronavirus pandemic has affected nearly every country in the world. It has disrupted the lives of billions of people. The development and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines has been positive. However, while some countries have secured billions of doses others struggle to obtain supplies. We’ve seen cases of “vaccine nationalism” as some countries hoard vaccines and make them available to their citizens and also “vaccine diplomacy” by countries using vaccine distribution to help others while advancing their standing in the international community. In light of these trends, how do we develop a global strategy for dealing with the pandemic?  Should vaccines be considered a public good rather than a market commodity? Are there global vaccine distribution programs – and can they be scaled up to meet global demand?

Join the 1014 and the American Council on Germany for a discussion about taking a global approach to vaccine distribution with Thomas J. Bollyky, Director of the Global Health Program and Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR); Prof. Dr. Anna Holzscheiter, Chair of Political Science at the Institute of Political Science at the Technical University Dresden, and Head of the Governance for Global Health Research Group at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB); and Dr. Moritz Rudolf, Associate in the Asia Department of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).

Thomas J. Bollyky is the Director of the Global Health Program and Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University. He is the author of Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways.

Mr. Bollyky’s work has appeared in general interest publications such as the New York TimesWashington Post, and the Atlantic as well as scholarly journals such as Foreign Affairs, Science, the Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has testified multiple times before the U.S. Senate and served on three expert committees at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and as the co-chair of its workshop on globalization and international regulatory harmonization. He directed the first two CFR-sponsored Independent Task Forces devoted to global health: Improving Pandemic Preparedness: Lessons from COVID-19 (2020) and The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (2014). Mr. Bollyky has been a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a temporary legal advisor to the World Health Organization.

Prior to coming to CFR, Mr. Bollyky served in a variety of positions in the U.S. government, most recently at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). He was a Fulbright scholar to South Africa, where he worked as a staff attorney at the AIDS Law Project, and an attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he represented clients before the International Court of Justice and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Bollyky received his BA in biology and history at Columbia University and his JD at Stanford Law School, where he was the president of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. He is a member of the New York and U.S. Supreme Court bars.

Prof. Dr. Anna Holzscheiter is the Chair of Political Science at the Institute of Political Science at the Technical University Dresden and Head of the Governance for Global Health Research Group at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). She has been researching in the field of global health policy for many years, with a focus on the emergence, impact and change of international organizations as well as the manifold relationships between (inter)governmental and societal actors in international politics.

During the Covid-19 crisis, she has been a sought-after interview partner by Deutschlandfunk Nova, radioeins, Deutsche Welle, and the German newspaper TAZ. She also has written opinion pieces on international health policy and the WHO.

Anna Holzscheiter completed her PhD at Freie Universität Berlin in 2006. Before accepting her appointment as Full Professor at TU Dresden, she worked as an assistant professor for International Relations (2015-2019) and as a research assistant at the Research Unit for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy at Freie Universität Berlin (2006-2014). During the academic year 2014-15, she was John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at Harvard University. From 2007 to 2010 she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Public Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Moritz Rudolf is an Associate in the Asia Department of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), where he focuses on China, international law, political systems, and regional cooperation and alliances. Previously, he was a Researcher at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin. He holds a doctorate in International Law from the Humboldt University of Berlin, where he wrote his dissertation on the historical, political, and international legal aspects of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

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Date:
May 18
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Website:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5016208414468/WN_ioxDdZljThqPv_s7gSAy6Q