From the Foreword: "The world now stands at a pivotal juncture: we need a new plan of action. The arrival of the first generation of safe and effective COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] vaccines was a moment of enormous hope, but its arrival has coincided with the emergence of new challenges, many of which threaten to exacerbate existing inequities. WHO's [World Health Organization] 'COVID-19 Strategic preparedness and response plan 2021', and the accompanying 'Operational planning guidelines', set out the practical, coordinated action we must collectively take at the national, regional, and global level to overcome those challenges, address those inequities, and plot a course out of the pandemic. The first 'Strategic preparedness and response plan for COVID-19' united a global coalition of partners behind a common set of objectives. That solidarity and unity of purpose has given rise to incredible achievements over the past 12 months. Countries have been supported to transform national and subnational COVID-19 preparedness and response capacities. When these capacities have fallen short, WHO and partners have come together to deliver solutions. The work done to coordinate and accelerate the development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics has paid off, but it is now vital that these tools are used strategically for the global good."
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