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Reassessing the VaxTax
  1. Nathan Petrovic
  1. Philosophy, Université de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Nathan Petrovic, Philosophy, Université de Genève, Geneve, Switzerland; petrovic.nathan1998{at}


To counter the imbalance in vaccine distribution during the COVID-19 pandemic, Albertsen and more recently Germani et al have suggested a new system of taxation coined as ‘VaxTax’ that would force higher-income countries to fund the access of low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) to new vaccines in times of pandemic. I will argue that this idea faces numerous challenges of ethical, sociopolitical and economical nature that may hinder any effort to solve the numerous health challenges that LMICs face. I argue that while it is an interesting idea, it is neither sufficient nor will it ever be easily implemented because of socioeconomic or practical reasons.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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