Media headlines are documenting the race for a Covid-19 vaccine. The scientific, political and media discourse is centered around questions of “When?” and “How good?” What is missing from this discussion is the question, “For whom?” How will the global public health community and how national healthcare systems equitably deploy a vaccine to 7 billion people once it is available?”
Many health systems are not equipped for what will be the largest vaccine deployment in history. Successfully vaccinating most of the global community will require not just manufacturing and financing the vaccine; it will require that healthcare systems or governments procure adequate numbers of syringes, that governments communicate the need for and benefits to mass vaccination, and that enough frontline healthcare workers are appropriately trained to give vaccines.
The webinar is a discussion on what is needed from the public and private sectors to support healthcare systems for vaccination on this scale.
Hsien-Hsien Lei, CEO, AmCham Singapore, Adjunct Associate Professor, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
Emmanuelle Quentin, Regional Marketing Director, Pharmaceutical systems, BD
Chris Morgan, Senior Technical Advisor, Immunization, Jhpiego
Eduardo Banzon, Principal Health Specialist, Asian Development Bank
Adrienne Mendenhall, Director of Business Development, ACCESS Health International Southeast Asia