Hoarding happens at many levels, wealthy people having just more than enough food, and wasting much of it, too many shoes, too many T.V.s, too many of everything, except with books, you can hoard of sorts of books and have your library and your anti-library if you want. The issue that appears to be of more concern to me is the issue of hoarding of the Vaccines by first world countries.
When does enough is enough? In the news I saw that the US has secured and bought 6 or 7 vaccines per capita, Canada 8 or 9 per capita, Mexito 1.5 per capita. Other countries they don’t reach the 1:1 ratio, that is third world countries. The fight for the vaccines is something that has been elevated within the diplomatic channels.<p class="has-medium-font-size" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">In this time of need and distressed, the leadership of the ones who one to be leading the world seem to want to lead at the expense of everybody else, and this is what I think prompted the Mexican protest against the hoarding of the vaccine against the Covid-19.In this time of need and distressed, the leadership of the ones who one to be leading the world seem to want to lead at the expense of everybody else, and this is what I think prompted the Mexican protest against the hoarding of the vaccine against the Covid-19.
For international law, there are different elements of analysis, for one side, if you see it from the side of International Relations and International Law, there is a clear understanding that power is what defines the agenda, when Countries are in times of necessity then they go first, prompting the Realist theory expressed by Hans Morgenthau, a brilliant former student from Hans Kelsen, and whom started with the IR’s pedigree within the US.
On the other side of the spectrum we have the Mexican protest against the hoarding of Vaccines, and this protest has a significance at the international law level, why is that, because the protest can be contrary to the element of acquiescence, so at least following the Lotus case, the protest existed by Mexico as an element against the hoarding of vaccines, and this may create a precedent, we don’t know, at least to establish that the hoarding of ‘whatever element’– today is the vaccine tomorrow would be another thing–is against the welfare of the whole nations, which means, hoarding is not an element acceptable in international law.
So, if hoarding is not an element of international law, and of maybe international relations, as today, and since the creation of the UN, one of the core elements were cooperation, then a further element that must be understood is the element of Comity among nations, the element of Comity, might be a principle or might not be, I am still not sure of what it is, (further reading and thinking about it must occur some time around), well, the principle of Comity could help us in thinking about the cooperation among States when dealing with a global challenge, like the Pandemic, and today, at least, it seems that some nations are thinking on a short term basis, instead of looking in the long term.
The challenge of the Pandemic might be a rehearsal of what is to come at the challenge of Global Warming, cooperation and Comity among nations in global issues like the pandemic and maybe in the next years to come with the challenges of Global Warming not only require that there is a common agenda, but also a common will, and the hoarding of the vaccines by countries will endangered the possibility of a common will to the fight against such world problem.