In DepthCOVID-19

Global plan seeks to promote vaccine equity, spread risks

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Science  31 Jul 2020:
Vol. 369, Issue 6503, pp. 489-490
DOI: 10.1126/science.369.6503.489

Summary

As soon as the first COVID-19 vaccines get approved, a staggering global need will confront limited supplies. Many health experts say it's clear who should get the first shots: health care workers around the world, then people at a higher risk of severe disease, then those in areas where the disease is spreading rapidly, and finally, the rest of us. Yet money and self-interest may win out. The United States and Europe are placing advance orders for hundreds of millions of doses of successful vaccines, potentially leaving little for poorer parts of the world. To avoid such a scenario, the World Health Organization and other international organizations have set up a system to accelerate and equitably distribute vaccines, the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility.

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