Rights and Wrongs in the Vaccine Informational Ecosystem
Ana S. Rutschman,
Rights and Wrongs in the Vaccine Informational Ecosystem,
Law, Regulation and Governance in the Information Society: Informational Rights and Informational Wrongs
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.villanova.edu/facpubs/64
This chapter situates the evolving dynamics of vaccine races―from smallpox to COVID-19― within the concept of informational infrastructures, an expression used here to encompass three distinct moments: the production of vaccine-related knowledge throughout the research and development (R&D) process, the protection of vaccine clinical trial data, and the dissemination of information about newly developed vaccines, both in its pro- and anti-vaccine forms. While examining these areas, the chapter highlights ongoing inefficiencies in the legal and policy regimes that govern vaccine innovation and assesses recent measures adopted (predominantly at the international level) to build a more robust data and informational infrastructure for the development and sharing of vaccines.
Maurizio Borghi,Roger Brownsword