From the Foreword: "Nothing in recent memory has underscored the urgency of a strong vaccine enterprise more than COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], the coronavirus that struck with such force in early 2020. While development of an effective vaccine to control the resulting pandemic is likely at least a year away, the danger of infectious diseases has been made shockingly real across the globe, and the gift of effective immunization has once again become apparent. Yet COVID-19 arrived at a time when hesitancy about long-established vaccines has become a real and present danger. Although vaccination remains a well-accepted social norm worldwide, a combination of factors--including misinformation spread on social media; decreased trust in institutions including government, science, and industry; and weaknesses within health systems--has emerged to diminish confidence among some populations."
Aspen Institute; Sabin Vaccine Institute
Aspen Institute: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/