Join us for an online discussion with Simon Evenett on trade and vaccines.
As countries are rushing to get their population jabbed with a Covid-19 vaccine, frictions in global vaccines trade are growing. The EU has already opened up for export restrictions and the Commission argues that there should be a mechanism to guarantee reciprocity between countries: if other countries don’t ship vaccines to Europe, the EU should be able to stop the export of vaccines to them. What are the consequences of vaccines export restrictions – and how do they relate to the value chain of vaccines production? What better measures can governments take to improve trust and transparency, and stimulate a faster scale up of vaccines production?
Simon Evenett, professor of international trade and economic development at the University of St. Gallen and, among other things, co-author of a new study from the EUI on production, trade and global linkages in vaccines: The Covid-19 Vaccine Production Club: Will Value Chains Temper Nationalism?