The war of power and interests has been going on since the creation of the universe. The general definition of interest is to formulate or implement policies with one’s own advantage or disadvantage in mind. Man has to elevate himself above the level of self-interest; At the national level, however, the interest includes a tug-of-war for the seat of power, which leads to conflict. Similarly, if you look at the international scenario, the world is known as the Global Village, where a few world powers have a monopoly. It is a conflict of interest when the personal interests of these powers clash with the interests of others or are perceived as controversial.
For those who call the world a global village, all decisions must have been based on self-interest, the goodness of humanity, and a just identity, but unfortunately this has not been the case, as all living creatures on earth have seen a deadly Saw after the outbreak. The deadly epidemic was dubbed “Corona”, which caused excitement and chaos around the world. This chaos gave a new dimension to the “war of interests” but broad thinking and transparency were neglected to deal with the real, potential and perceptual conflict of interests.
The Corona virus, which originated in China, spread to the rest of the world. Initially, the horrors of the virus were not taken seriously, leading to a conservative estimate that 200,000 people died in China alone, while more than a million people became seriously ill with corona. Due to lack of proper measures, the epidemic spread from China to the rest of the world, causing the economies of many countries to collapse rapidly.
To overcome this situation, a worldwide lockdown was announced and trade was temporarily suspended. Policymakers faced many difficulties in this regard, which led to delays in most important decisions. Delays in the US government’s lockdown and easing of the Swedish government’s crackdown have led to an unusually rapid spread of the Corona epidemic. During the growing epidemic and Corona, trade difficulties forced the United States to threaten China. Former US President Trump tweeted that China should be prepared for the consequences. All of this reshaped the world economy and led to the “war of interests” between the world powers.
To prevent this deadly epidemic, many countries began preparing vaccines and researchers began research. But there was also a vested interest in developing the vaccine. Lessons like the goodness of humanity made everyone a parrot and the biggest goal was profit.
While the corona virus has engulfed more than 1.6 million people worldwide, the fight against it and the development of vaccines to save more people from death threats have exposed the ongoing conflict and inequality between world powers. ۔
“Currently, there are no international rules for equitable distribution in such cases,” said Elonick Bush, a health expert on vaccine delivery .
If 2020 is to be remembered in terms of “mask diplomacy” in dealing with the spread of corona, then 2021 is the year of “vaccine diplomacy.” The competition between states to secure vaccines added new color to the global landscape, with each country bidding differently according to its own needs.
It is important to note here that the process of vaccine development also had its own interests. When the United States announced the development of its own vaccine, there were also reports of a British company developing a beneficial vaccine and its various experiments. The controversy continued as news from the UK sent a message to the hearings that the vaccine it had developed had severe adverse effects on a volunteer.
In this race, many countries have tried to develop vaccines locally. The purpose of these efforts was to prove oneself as well as to prove oneself globally. Another clear purpose was to showcase its scientific and technological progress and to declare strategic independence. Many vaccine companies were funded by the government, but the vaccine process still required a lot of capital, which the companies then met by raising the price of the vaccine to a reasonable level. Which apparently challenged the purchasing power of poor countries. In this regard, Zorgan Wasim said:
“The indirect allegation is that the corporations have artificially limited the quantity of vaccines and kept their prices very high. In addition, certain vaccines have never been developed due to a lack of economic incentives. ”
In this war of interests, the corona vaccine has emerged as a soft tool for showcasing power, with the world powers establishing scientific and technological supremacy on the one hand, and partnership in their foreign policies in accordance with current requirements. Strengthen the alliance and join hands with our peers in the use, purchase, and distribution of Corona vaccine in laboratories. It usually takes a long time from the development and testing of a vaccine in a laboratory to its large-scale global transfer, but the pace of development of the corona vaccine is “unprecedented.” One of the main reasons for this was the declining reputation of various countries due to the closure of trade in the world market, which led to the use of corona vaccine as a weapon.
In this context, the economist says that the pharmaceutical industry does not seem to be flourishing. It is an indisputable fact that the delay in the delivery of the historic vaccine was due to the lack of pricing. Corporate pricing policies have hampered the supply of vaccines.
Since the main purpose of making the corona vaccine was to make a profit, there was a clear closure of rich and poor countries during its distribution. This is also a political ploy to gain interests. The COVAX initiative was launched to rid the world of this insidious disease as soon as possible after World War II, which caused irreparable economic and human damage. However, it was first supplied to countries with which the companies had their own interests or who had saved a large stockpile by buying expensive vaccines.
It is believed that investment in vaccine development has put a lot of pressure on developed countries to buy vaccines first and provide them to their people, but also to countries with weak economies that are already suffering from the epidemic. Coronavirus deaths are even higher in these countries, which appear to be the first to be vaccinated.
Taking advantage of the current conflict, many world powers have tried to establish their monopoly. Of course, the distribution of vaccines was left to market demand, but it is clear that rich countries were the first to be vaccinated. Economist Zorgan said:
“There are strong concerns that the vaccine will first be provided to Western Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States, as these countries may pay a higher price. This has always been the case in the pharmaceutical sector. ”
A prime example of the dominance of the vaccine supply is the naming of the Russian vaccine “Sputnik V”, which reflects Russia’s achievements in the Cold War against the United States in the late 1950s. In addition, as a tool of external influence, China has tried to develop a strategy since the beginning of the crisis.
To sum up this debate in a few lines, it is fair to say that in this race for power, the corona vaccine has been used as a political tool to take advantage of the global situation and redesign its foreign policies accordingly. Compiled. The war of interest and power has been going on since time immemorial and will continue forever. However, there is a need to forget our own interests and move forward in time to serve humanity and use the vaccine as an effective weapon against corona. Equality and partnerships with other countries will not only strengthen the world’s economy but will also have significant benefits in preventing corona.