Emerging market vaccine distribution needs Indian airfreight, medical cooperation

Coronavirus 457 European Union 683 Health Care 280 India 420 Mexico 751 U.S. 4746

The Ottawa Group of the EU and 12 countries has called on governments globally to “withdraw or end any trade restrictive measures introduced in response to COVID-19 as quickly as possible”. The avoidance of a new round of medical protectionism is vital as vaccines against SARS-COV-2 are rolled out, though unless the U.S. and China join the pledge there’s unlikely to be much impact. In the U.S. and Europe vaccines will be produced regionally. Among front-runners the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will in large part use the firms’ own facilities while Moderna will leverage capacity from Lonza, Ca...

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