With Covid-19 Approvals, ‘Vaccine Nationalism’ Is a Worrisome Trend

January 18, 2021

(STAT News) – Data from large clinical trials, which generally include tens of thousands of volunteers, aim to demonstrate a vaccine’s effectiveness and probe its potential side effects. This is important information to have in hand before giving injections to millions or billions of healthy people. Premature approvals in India, Russia, and China reveal a different side of vaccine nationalism, one that prioritizes political advantage over scientific evidence and risks undermining widely accepted standards for vaccine testing and development.