David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.

Dog-eat-dog mindset could spell vaccine disaster
Who would have thought that the quest for a vaccine to protect us from the Covid-19 virus would have mutated into such a defining clash between multilateral cooperation and raw, law-of-the-jungle nationalism? On the one hand, at least 50 former world leaders including from the African Union, have called in an open letter for the eventual Covid-19 vaccine to become “the people’s vaccine” – a public good for the world, patent-free, produced at scale and made at no cost to people everywhere: “We cannot afford for monopolies, crude competition and nearsighted nationalism to stand in the way,” it says. Last month, the United Nations secretary general, Antonio Guterres, said: “A world free of Cov