Vaccination campaigns and global cooperation: challenges to be overcome

(Credit: Unsplash)

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Patricia Dias Rabelo and Natiele Ilucenski Marques, two 3rd year medical students at Centro Universitário Ingá (UNINGÁ), Brazil. They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.


On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the contamination status of the new Coronavirus has increased to pandemic. Even before this milestone, several countries have taken sanitary and economic measures independently and individually to cool this infectious disease. However, individual efforts were not enough to kill the virus, making clear the central role of global cooperation, through sanitary measures, especially in research and development to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to The People’s Vaccine Alliance, which brings together international organizations like Oxfam, Amnesty International and Global Justice Now, countries with high economic power are reserving doses of vaccines against COVID-19 beyond what is necessary. This causes a huge imbalance and helplessness for the population of underdeveloped countries, which will not be able to reach the minimum vaccination coverage. An example of this fact is, according to Global Justice Now, more than 80% of the doses of the Pfizer vaccine were purchased by governments that comprise only 14% of the world population.

Given this, a huge challenge is created for vaccination campaigns, especially in underdeveloped countries: the scarcity of vaccine resources. For, despite the efforts of scientists around the world to produce new vaccines, many remained in stock, while almost complete populations did not receive even one dose, enduring the pandemic stalemate and all its implications. For it is undoubtedly that in order to overcome this evil global efforts are necessary together, since individual works have not been effective in the past.

Therefore, to overcome the challenges surrounding vaccination campaigns, it is necessary that there is worldwide collaboration aimed at the immunization of underdeveloped and developing countries on an equal basis. For this to happen, it becomes necessary for the pharmaceutical companies responsible for manufacturing to make a significant percentage available to these countries, in addition to more accessible monetary forms for their purchase. In addition, the fight against Coronavirus will only be successful with awareness of countries that have purchased excess immunizers, so these doses can be redistributed to governments facing vaccine shortages.

Knowing this, it is essential that the extinction of individualistic behavior occurs, since from the beginning a global force of cooperation has arisen through research aimed at the search for a vaccine or medicine. Thus, with the success of an effective immunizer, more than ever, the humanitarian and altruistic spirit must remain. For as has been said by William Shakespeare, “selfishness only unifies the insignificant”, and it is necessary to fight individualism to achieve success in this battle.

About the author

Patricia Dias Rabelo and Natiele Ilucenski Marques i a 3rd year medical student at Centro Universitário Ingá (UNINGÁ). Since 2020 they have been active members of IFMSA BRAZIL through the local UNINGÁ committee.They believe that knowledge has the power to change the world. They believe that medicine goes beyond medical teaching, but that the knowledge and consolidation of it comes from scientific production, projects aimed at the community and practical teaching.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Italy’s dilemma after Merkel-Hollande agreed loose banking union

Nokia wins Commission’s approval for Alcatel-Lucent acquisition: a new way for antitrust cases?

9 steps to bridging the net-zero funding gap

Innovating together: connectivity that matters

Quality coffee can boost local economies and benefit farmers – here’s how

What has changed in the French politico-economic horizon

Ambitions are affordable for Asia and the Pacific

Here’s how drone delivery will change the face of global logistics

European Youth Forum welcomes strong stance on human rights in State of the Union

UN food agency appeals for access to key storage facility amid fight for Hudaydah

Millions of young people need better job skills. Here’s how businesses can help

‘Leaders who sanction hate speech’ encourage citizens to do likewise, UN communications chief tells Holocaust remembrance event

4 ways to deliver social justice during the COVID-19 recovery

‘Global trust’ declining, ‘our world needs stepped-up global leadership’

Occupational safety and health in a changing world of work

Do not take the EP’s consent on MFF for granted, says Budget Committee Chair

Global spotlight on world drug problem ‘is personal’ for many families, says UN chief

Parliament gives green light to EU-Singapore trade and investment protection deals

UN global education envoy urges new funding for ‘lost generation’ of children forced out of classrooms by conflict

Our Amazon is disappearing in ashes

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Miraculous’ music made by hearing-impaired children

Bias in AI is a real problem. Here’s what we should do about it

Three ways China can make the New Silk Road sustainable

Why skills are keeping CEOs awake at night

EU mobilises emergency assistance following floods in Ukraine

How quantum computing could beat climate change

4 ways to build a net-zero economy by 2050

Coronavirus: EU makes available additional humanitarian funding of €41 million to fight the pandemic

Technology companies have power. They must assume responsibility

EU Copyright Directive: Will US tech giants comply or ditch the EU market?

To Fight the Pandemic, Put Trust and Cooperation Before Politics

The EU slowly exits from “Excessive Deficit Procedure” and hopefully from ‘Excessive Austerity Procedure’ too

Things are bad and getting worse for South Africa. Or are they?

200 women call on tech giants to prioritize online safety. Here’s how

Aid teams respond to escalating southwest Syria conflict: 750,000 civilians are at risk

Libya: Attack on foreign ministry, an attack on all Libyans, stresses UN envoy

Mobility package: Parliament adopts position on overhaul of road transport rules

2020 EU Budget: Performance report highlights swift and global EU response to the coronavirus crisis while supporting key EU priorities

European Youth Forum welcomes establishment of new Youth Intergroup in the European Parliament

Take-home pay growing at lowest level since 2008, as gender-gap persists: UN labour agency

FROM THE FIELD: A UN peacekeepers-eye view of DR Congo

EU-Ukraine Summit: Moving Forward Together

MEPs oppose EU Commission plans to authorise three herbicide-resistant GMOs

Afghanistan: lead MEPs demand safe departure of EU nationals and Afghan partners and urgent tackling of humanitarian crisis

Here’s how sustainable aviation fuel can take off in Europe

A Sting Exclusive: “EU’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan – Laying down the foundations for a Greener Financial System”, by European Commission’s Vice-President Dombrovskis

4 myths about corruption

Climate change and health: public health awareness in an international framework

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Diplomacy for Peace Day, #VaccinesWork, the cost of war on Afghans, tech and well-being

VAT: New e-commerce rules in the EU will simplify life for traders and introduce more transparency for consumers

Impressions of China

Five things everybody needs to know about the future of Journalism

OECD Secretary-General Gurría welcomes announcement of new trade agreement between the US, Mexico and Canada

A year on from Yemen talks breakthrough, top UN Envoy hails ‘shift’ towards peace, despite setbacks

LGBTQI+ and medicine, in the Land of the Pure

Protecting the ocean is key to fighting climate change

Asian and Pacific economies: decreases in tax revenue highlight need to broaden tax bases

New UN Global Climate report ‘another strong wake-up call’ over global warming: Guterres

This is how to make driving an EV more accessible and affordable

Banking on sunshine: world added far more solar than fossil fuel power generating capacity in 2017

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: