Global vaccine geopolitics is subject of online event

COVID-19 vaccine production is ramping up quickly, but vaccine access difficulties and inequalities have become major challenges for countries. So far, only roughly 4% of the world’s people have been vaccinated, mainly in rich countries, which have bought around 60% of the doses made available, although they only account for 16% of the world’s population

On Wednesday, March 17, at 8 pm, Fundação Getulio Vargas’ School of International Relations (FGV RI) and Japan House São Paulo will hold a free online debate about vaccine geopolitics around the world. In this last event in a series held by the two institutions, Professor Kayo Takuma of Tokyo Metropolitan University and Professor Oliver Stuenkel of FGV RI will discuss how vaccine distribution has become central to national strategies for overcoming the health crisis that struck the world in 2020.

COVID-19 vaccine production is ramping up quickly, but vaccine access difficulties and inequalities have become major challenges for countries. So far, only roughly 4% of the world’s people have been vaccinated, mainly in rich countries, which have bought around 60% of the doses made available, although they only account for 16% of the world’s population. In addition to well-established pharmaceutical companies, emerging countries are also working to develop vaccines. Thus, debate about global cooperation in health lies at the heart of the current international agenda.

Japan and Brazil are significant players and countries with a considerable regional and global reach. The guest researchers will address the event’s topic from the perspective of the countries in which they work.

The moderators will be Pedro Brites, deputy coordinator of FGV RI’s International Relations Course, and Luana Margarete Geiger, an assistant researcher at FGV RI.

The event will be in English, without simultaneous interpretation. To take part, please sign up here.