COVID-19 and Global Distributive Justice

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COVID-19 has had a detrimental effect on the world economy. Serious inequality in terms of vaccination has been found between developed countries and developing countries. This article analyzes the development, production, and allocation of vaccines and other essential pharmaceutical products during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly from the viewpoint of global distributive justice. Analysis of this issue is expected to provide important lessons in preparing for future pandemics. This article analyzes how the world system could be strengthened and suggests ways to reform the World Trade Organization system regarding the special and differential treatment afforded to developing countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1322-1338
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Economic Issues
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2023

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  • COVID-19
  • future pandemics
  • global distributive justice
  • inequality
  • vaccines


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