Five Steps to advance COVID-19 vaccine equity
As part of the efforts to promote our Five Steps to urgently advance COVID-19 vaccine equity and help bring the pandemic under control, we have published a new video and blog on Step #3: call out trade barriers to be eliminated. These new resources focus on addressing and eliminating unnecessary supply chain barriers and export restrictions to ensure timely access to COVID-19 vaccines for all
Five Steps to urgently advance COVID-19 vaccine equity
Step 3: Call out trade barriers to be eliminated
To put an end to the pandemic, industry was tasked with manufacturing and supplying billions of COVID-19 vaccines, starting from zero. This monumental task is on its way to being achieved, however, trade restrictions, amongst other hurdles, are holding up both upstream and downstream supply, presenting a significant challenge to achieve vaccine equity. Read the blog here.
Step 2: Continue to optimize production
From zero to billions: manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines is a colossal challenge. Boosting production is the key. With nearly 300 manufacturing agreements with trusted partners to scale up production, the industry is on target to produce 11 billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021, but rapid action is still needed to tackle manufacturing bottlenecks. Watch the video here.
Boosting production of COVID-19 vaccines is key to ensuring there are enough doses for all populations most at risk. But manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines at the volumes the world needs is a colossal challenge and scarcity of raw materials and trade barriers could upset estimates that 11 billion doses – enough for the world’s adult population – can be produced by the end of 2021. Read the blog here.
Step 1: Step up dose sharing
Sharing vaccine doses is the key to COVID-19 vaccine equity and it is urgent. Countries with more supplies than they need are pledging to share doses, but many low- and middle-income countries are yet to receive enough vaccines. To bridge the gap, promises made depend on 4 things. Watch the video here .