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International Affairs May Standing Panel Meeting

April 12, 2021

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Topic: Vaccine Nationalism, China, and the Rise of Vaccine Diplomacy

COVID-19 vaccine distribution is progressing well in the U.S., yet major global inequities exist and health concerns with several vaccines will exacerbate these inequities. If not quickly resolved, these inequities may prevent the international economic system from re-engaging at pre-COVID levels. This session will address the international dynamics of vaccine equity as well as China’s active vaccine diplomacy, which is believed to be a serious attempt to increase China’s standing among the world community by providing free and low-cost vaccines to both developing and developed nations.

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Guest Speakers

Dr. Yanzhong Huang

Dr. Huang is a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and is Professor and Director of Global Health Studies at Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He is also the author of Toxic Politics: China’s Environmental Health Crisis and Its Challenge to the Chinese State. He will focus on how China uses vaccines to promote its foreign policy objectives, what challenges and constraints it faces, and why this vaccine diplomacy may only achieve mixed success in the future.

Dr. Matthew S. Mingus

Dr. Mingus is Professor of Public Administration at Western Michigan University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration. He was a Fulbright Research Chair on Governance at the University of Ottawa, and was a visiting professor for 12 months at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He will set the stage for this topic by discussing how vaccine nationalism has led to global inequity in vaccine distribution and by reviewing actions the international community has taken to rectify this situation.

Moderator

Irving Williamson

The Honorable Irving Williamson is a former Commissioner, U.S. Senate confirmed, of the United States International Trade Commission. His leadership roles during his tenure included Commission Chairman and Vice Chairman. Other positions during his 50 years in international affairs and trade policy fields include Deputy General Counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and 18 years as a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department.

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