Resilient Recovery Series: Preparing Countries for a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
How ready are countries to distribute COVID-19 vaccines? The global COVID-19 vaccination campaign will be the largest in history. The delivery of COVID-19 vaccines presents challenges unprecedented in scale, speed, and specific cities, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
Starting in November 2020, anticipating the availability of safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19, the World Bank together with WHO, UNICEF, the Global Fund, and Gavi rolled out readiness assessments in more than 100 low- and middle-income countries. As countries ramp up efforts to vaccinate their populations against the deadly COVID-19 disease, the world’s poorest countries show varying degrees of readiness for this massive undertaking.
How can we prepare countries for a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine rollout? We will discuss this and more with Mamta Murthi, Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank.
The Resilient Recovery Series includes in-depth interviews with the Bank’s leading experts focused on health, social, and economic responses, as well as policies, institutions, and investments that will be critical to resilient, inclusive, and sustainable recovery.
"About 85% of the assessments that we looked at show that countries do have a plan. They developed a plan for these vaccination campaigns, and over 70% of countries actually have a safety surveillance system that they have put into place." Mamta Murthi, Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank.
"Vaccinations have to happen from a public health perspective, from the perspective of what's good for improving the health of the public and therefore it needs to be very inclusive." Mamta Murthi, Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank.