October 29, 2020

IntelBrief: Competition over Cooperation in the Race to Develop a COVID-19 Vaccine

Pharmacist shows a flu shot Oct.14, 2020 (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

Bottom Line Up Front

  • As COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly in many regions around the world, countries are racing to develop a reliable and effective vaccine.
  • Russia and China are openly promoting their respective trial vaccines, with some positive results, but no shortage of ethical and safety concerns.
  • The U.S. has continued to eschew international cooperation, working on numerous possible vaccines in various stages of development.
  • The backlash against science in the U.S. will hamper public health campaigns to distribute and administer a vaccine once it is developed and approved.