COVID diplomacy 2.0, a special order of tasks (The Hindu,GS-2,Governance)

  • Context:- COVID-19 which usher as a disaster during this world. Vaccines which were made by companies were exported to other countries without indian population being vaccinated.
    Why shortage if vaccine at 1st place:-
  • The shortage of vaccines within the country has arisen from three factors:
  • the failure of the govt to plan and place procurement orders in time
  • the failure of the 2 Indian companies to supply vaccine doses that they had committed to,
  • focus on exporting, not importing, vaccines between January and April
    How diplomacy is going:-
  • These include requesting the U.S. to share a considerable portion of its stockpile of AstraZeneca doses and to release more vaccine ingredients which are restricted for exports.
  • to buy more stock outright from the three U.S. manufacturers, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson,
  • Issue of patent and issue of diplomacy:-
  • Africa also as global agencies counting on India for vaccines are left within the lurch by the Government’s failure to balance its vaccine budget.
  • Bhutan is fully hooked in to india. A full blanket ban on the export of vaccine somewhere will erode the trust between bhutan and india
  • Making amends and regaining trust for India’s vaccine and pharmacy exports within the future goes to be a challenge.
  • India must be at the forefront of demanding accountability.
    Way forward:-
    Raise its voice for a stronger convention to manage any research that would lead.
    it is necessary to revamp the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (formally referred to as The Convention on the Prohibition of the event , Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological).

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