Militarizing Public Health? Eugene Gholz on National Security & the Coronavirus Vaccine


Multiple promising vaccines for the coronavirus are nearing FDA approval, and the United States is gearing up for widespread vaccination. While the beginning of the end of the coronavirus crisis is in sight, the effect of the virus on international politics remains less clear.  This week, the Eurasia Group Institute for Global Affairs’ Mark Hannah is joined by defense procurement and national security expert Dr. Eugene Gholz. They discuss what role the military should (and shouldn’t) play in distributing the vaccine and the complicated history of the Defense Production Act. They also explore the geopolitical impact of the coronavirus on the US-China relationship, and its implications for a more restrained US foreign policy. 

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This podcast episode includes references to the Eurasia Group Foundation, now known as the Eurasia Group Institute for Global Affairs.

This post is part of None Of The Above, a podcast of IGA hosted by senior fellow Mark Hannah.

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