In the framework of the Road to Shade Med 2021 (Shared Awareness and Deconfliction in the Mediterranean), the Operation EunavforMed Irini organised a webinar on “Health Diplomacy in the Mediterranean Region”.
The aim of the webinar was to stimulate the discussion among the distinguished speakers about vaccine diplomacy, or the use of vaccine supplies as a tool of soft power projection, as vaccine and health supplies are interacting with pre-existing politics and foreign policy priorities.
The speakers agreed that some countries have sought the possibility of strengthening their influence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with a series of high profile health agreements.
Shade Med is a forum where representatives from different nations and organizations with an interest in stability and security in the Mediterranean Sea can meet to reach common aims. The purpose is to meet and share situational awareness and assess the evolution, trends and best practices in the region.
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