Opinion

Espionage and the race for a coronavirus vaccine

By Clive Williams
Updated July 1 2021 - 3:43pm, first published July 21 2020 - 5:00pm
The race is on to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Picture: Shutterstock

It's a popular belief that humans when faced with a common threat will band together to counter the threat. That may be so at a national level but does not apply internationally. As Lord Palmerston noted in 1848: "Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests" - and that is just as true today.

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