Small bottles labeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken taken April 10, 2020.
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Business leaders have called on nations to be more inclusive when thinking about how they can reboot their economies following the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at a CNBC-moderated panel at the Singapore Summit on Monday, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, executive chairman of Indian biopharmaceutical firm Biocon, said that “vaccine nationalism is creeping into the world,” with some countries eager to snap up the first stock of any approved vaccines.
It’s “very sad” when countries don’t realize this is a pandemic that has affected the entire world, she said, adding that sending vaccines to where they’re needed should be a global effort.
“People have to be less worried about the kind of trade wars they’re fighting right now, and realize there is something in it for everyone,” Mazumdar-Shaw