Until now, it was largely an unequal fight between countries who should get most of the stuff needed to prevent, fight, and overcome COVID-19.
The law of the jungle, survival of the richest and the best-connected. This selfish rat race was masked by the pandemic hitting different countries at different times and with different severity — whether that was because of a national lack of alertness, care, strategy, priority, or inherent factors like different viral strains or different ages or genetics of the population.
Some countries fought like lions to get what they wanted, unconcerned about others, while others stayed passive because they weren’t bothered about people dying or lacked means or connections, and every shade in-between.
But now a new fight is coming up. This time we are not in the meal stream of history. This time we can set the rules ahead-of-time. Who is going to get the first vaccines, as soon as they are available?
Are we going to see the worst of Capitalism again? First:
● The rich and famous?
● The leaders ignoring their flocks?
● The rich countries?
● The Caucasians?
● The intellectuals?
Or is it going to go in a moral way? First:
● Countries and demographic groups with the least access to healthcare!
● Essential workers in healthcare, food industry, and other sectors! Leading politicians and heads of state are not included. Like the captain of a ship getting into the lifeboat last, they can hide until it’s their (last) turn.
● People in extremely small groups in danger like above 80! But not large risk factor groups (blood-type A, high-blood pressure, men). If they have access to good healthcare, they should just stay home until it’s their turn.
● People in the above groups who overcame the infection to be excluded.
If there will not be an international treaty approved by the UN soon, the have-nots will be last. In Capitalism, some people are seen as more valuable than others. But in reality, every human being is of infinite value.
Residents of democracies should demonstrate that the UN adopts a binding resolution that the second list determines. Leaders of countries who don’t fully comply should face the charge of crimes against humanity.
The same approach should work for the half-yearly winter flu vaccine.