Culture notes: Jabs that started a vaccine fight – CH, 2.04
Catherine Fieschi on how the world fell out trying to counter a pandemic
- What the vaccines wars force us to do is to focus on the trade-offs required to combat a pandemic: between caution and effectiveness, between collective strength and agility, between shared ethics and the need for inclusion and finally between good faith and naiveté.
- But it also forces us to ask what these institutions – national and supranational – are designed to protect us from. Initially, it was from war. Now it is from a host of other threats. But how can advanced democracies, cumbersome as they are, ensure they retain the capacity to protect?