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US Emergency Plan for Global COVID-19 Relief: Urgent Action to End the Pandemic Globally and Accelerate US Recovery and Security   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Background: "We are at an exceedingly perilous and urgent moment in the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. The Delta variant, vastly more dangerous and pernicious than the original SARS-CoV-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2] virus, has rapidly spread worldwide. It has been driving a deadly summer surge in the US; ripping through Latin America; causing Indonesia to become the next Asian hotspot; and fueling a third wave of the pandemic in Africa, where less than two percent of the population has been fully vaccinated [hyperlink]. [...] Unless vaccine delivery capabilities markedly improve, we are headed for a global supply glut, even as the vast majority of people in many countries remain unvaccinated. To prevent this, urgent action is needed to translate doses into vaccinations. [...] The plan's focus should be on immediate emergency relief, but it should be developed and implemented in a manner that advances long-term health system capacity for providing routine immunizations for children and adults, as well as other essential health services. Indeed, accelerating the response to the current crisis would be one of the most effective health systems strengthening initiatives ever undertaken. The plan would also serve as a catalyst and a model for efforts by other high-income nations to use their excess vaccine supplies and technical capabilities to augment the global response more effectively."

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2021-08-03
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Center for Global Development; Center for Strategic and International Studies; COVID Collaborative; Duke University
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Center for Strategic and International Studies: http://www.csis.org/
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