The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about changes in medical science that saw the rapid development of different vaccines for this disease, which have proven to be effective. Following the extraordinarily rapid development of COVID‑19 vaccines, the largest-ever global vaccination drive is well under way to create herd immunity and maximize the number of lives that can be saved and curb COVID-19. Many countries in different parts of the globe are rolling out COVID-19 vaccines. There is an apparent mismatch between the rapid vaccine development and the development of policies (national, regional, international) that would enable effective global vaccination of the ongoing programmes. Major risks and challenges are emerging particularly in the global south where the inequitable and uneven distribution of vaccines is more visible.
The Webinar will be discussing the science advances that brought about the rapid development of the Covid-19 vaccines and the lack of policies to roll out the vaccination programmes, with a special focus on the experience of the Global South (African, Latin America and Asia-Pacific regions). The speakers will be touching on the issues, challenges and gaps, and share the regional experiences and make some recommendations of how this can be done better.
It is hoped that the sharing of the experiences of the Global South countries in the fight against the pandemic especially on the science and policy of vaccine development, it will pave the way for collaborative efforts to address the gaps.