From Airports to Arms: New Insights and Urgent Recommendations to Accelerate Global COVID-19 Vaccinations   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "Almost two years into the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic the world remains in a perilous position, with over 270 million reported cases, over 5.3 million reported deaths, and trillions of dollars in lost economic activity. Inequities in access to vaccines and other life-saving interventions, as well as a lack of commitment and implementation of a cohesive, coordinated, appropriately resourced global action plan, leave everyone more vulnerable, especially those in LMICs [low- and middle-income countries]. To end the pandemic, the best line of defense against COVID-19-- including Omicron and potential future variants -- is rapid, widespread and equitable vaccination combined with additional evidence-based public health measures. Persistent challenges to equitable vaccine supply, allocation, distribution, acceptance, and financing, combined with local and regional vaccine delivery factors have resulted in 70 of the world's poorest and least-resourced countries falling tragically short of reaching the World Health Organization's (WHO) year-end target [hyperlink] of 40% vaccination coverage, a critical milestone to reaching the WHO and G20 [Group of Twenty] endorsed [hyperlink] target of 70% coverage by mid-2022. The inequities are stark: the average full vaccination coverage [hyperlink] across low-income countries is only 4%, compared to 69% in high income countries. [...] On 13 December 2021, the COVID Global Accountability Platform (COVID GAP [Global Accountability Platform], led by Duke University and COVID Collaborative), WHO, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, co-hosted a joint global convening on vaccination challenges. [...] This report summarizes insights and recommendations from that convening, and also draws on learnings from national, regional, and global vaccination efforts over the past year, particularly those led by WHO and UNICEF through COVAX [COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access] Country Readiness and Delivery (CRD) activities and by Africa CDC and the African Union."

COVID Global Accountability Platform; World Health Organization; UNICEF; African Union; Africa CDC; COVID Collaborative; Duke University
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COVID Collaborative: https://www.covidcollaborative.us/
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From Airports to Arms: New Insights and Urgent Recommendations to Accelerate Global COVID-19 Vaccinations. December 13, 2021
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