Scientists are racing to learn more about the new, possibly more transmissible strain of COVID-19. Stepping up vaccinations should be a starting point of the global response.
Patrick L. Osewe
Dr. Patrick L. Osewe is currently the Chief of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Health Sector Group, providing leadership on all Health Sector Group technical and operational matters. Patrick has been at the forefront of strengthening health systems against the threat of disease outbreaks through innovative, multi-sector approaches for more than 25 years. Prior to his time at ADB, Patrick worked as the World Bank’s Global Lead of Healthy Societies, He received his medical degree from the University of Nairobi and holds a Master’s of Public Health from Harvard University.
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Making COVID-19 vaccines accessible is crucial. It’s just as important to ensure that as many people as possible feel confident enough to take them.
As vaccines are rolled out across Asia and the Pacific, governments need to ensure equitable and transparent distribution. They also need to undertake deep healthcare reforms to manage future health crises. ADB's top health expert answers the pertinent questions.
COVID-19 and tuberculosis are both respiratory illnesses that can be addressed with similar strategies and resources.
Countries should start planning now to deliver COVID-19 vaccines, in order to enjoy a faster recovery from both the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.
Developing a vaccine for COVID-19 within one year is a herculean task. Getting the vaccine to the hundreds of millions if not billions of people who need it—especially in poorer countries—may be even harder.