COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries

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COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries

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Statement: Message of His Holiness Pope Francis to the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund — Official statement (PDF)

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The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries is critical to protecting lives, building human capital, and stimulating economic recovery. The current crisis is exacerbating inequalities throughout the world and, without access to vaccines, the gap will widen further.

This event begins with voices of youth from around the world reflecting on the impact of the pandemic and their hopes for a speedy recovery with a return to school, friends, and family.

World Bank Group President David Malpass then describes what vaccines mean for the world, what needs to be done to accelerate production and ensure safe and effective distribution to developing countries, and the importance of collaboration amongst all stakeholders for a sustainable and inclusive recovery. Read More

A high-level panel featuring Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization, Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF, and Axel van Trotsenburg, Managing Director, World Bank explores the need for global solidarity in the battle against the pandemic and the work currently underway with developing countries to prepare for vaccine rollouts.

Gwen Hines, Executive Director of Global Programs, Save the Children International makes the case for the fair and equitable distribution of vaccines to all vulnerable people, wherever they live. Dr. Esperanza Martinez, Head of COVID-19 Crisis Team at ICRC, calls for us to focus on our shared humanity as we strive for vaccinations for all. In an interview with Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO, GAVI, we learn how COVAX was set up to help low- and middle-income countries access vaccines.

Frontline health workers from around the world share the challenges and their hopes for a successful vaccination program in their country, reflecting on what it will mean for them and their patients.

The important role the private sector is playing in driving innovation, production, and manufacturing to meet the enormous needs for vaccines, tests, and therapeutics is discussed with Jérôme Thill, Deputy CEO, Cerba Healthcare and Makhtar Diop, Managing Director, IFC.

In the final panel, we look to the future. In a discussion on the lessons from the pandemic that might help improve resilience and help countries better prepare for future shocks, Mari Pangestu, Managing Director, World Bank is joined by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Head, World Trade Organization, Richard Hatchett, CEO, Center for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and Gro Harlem Brundtland, Co-Chair, Global Preparedness Monitoring Board. Read Less


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A Syrian refugee mom put the situation in the right terms, "you want me to buy masks or buy food for my 3 children?" This situation applies to many countries as well. After getting the free 20% vaccines under Covax Program, they don't have money to buy additional 30% with their own funds. Will World Bank have a grant program other than loans for these countries so they can have bread and vaccines as well?
Fri, 04/09/2021 - 12:26

Lire l'intégralité du message de Sa Sainteté le pape François au Groupe de la Banque mondiale et au Fonds monétaire international en français.
Fri, 04/09/2021 - 12:26

🟡Nous sommes d'avis que le meilleur moyen d'accroître la production des vaccins en Afrique , est de rendre disponible les brevets, est ce que c'est l'avis de l'expert que vous êtes?
Fri, 04/09/2021 - 12:26
Earth Love

Training is important in the health care department. World Bank Organisation need to have a meeting with all citizens working in the government who are within the health sector, to ensure ethical practices are always conducted and distribution is handled correctly and responsibly so all government officials be held accountable everywhere.
Fri, 04/09/2021 - 12:28
Dr. Ida R Muorie

World must be proactive and not reactive to avoid another pandemic.. Now that we have several vaccines, we need to make sure that the vaccines are distributed equaitably. In addition, we need to test, trace and track these pathogens,bateria, viruses on a regular basis. We at Patho Care LLC are presently building a World-Wide Genomic Surveillance System to do so that is engineer through Artificial intelligence and by scientist with 40 years of more experience in fighting germ warfare. 
Fri, 04/09/2021 - 12:30

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