Unfortunately, this global challenge has not been met from the perspective of humanity’s public health. Instead, the leading principles are those of the profits of Western pharmaceutical industries, mixed with the political agenda of governments that support them, and backed by their respective media outlets.
In this vaccine race, two features have been prominent. One is the concealing, or lack of transparency, regarding the complete set of vaccines’ side effects, both in the reporting of clinical trials and in the rolling out of vaccination programs. The other element has been an unsubtle campaign of disinformation regarding safer and effective non-Western vaccines, such as Sputnik V or Sinovac, as I have written before.