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December 7, 2022
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WHO and world leaders: How we’re building better, more equitable vaccine systems

“We know the next pandemic outbreak is a question of when, not if. Time is of the essence to intensify collaboration and boost local manufacturing.”

Paul Kagame, Emmanuel Macron, Cyril Ramaphosa, Macky Sall, Olaf Scholz and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Opinion contributors

Inequity has plagued the responses to harmful pathogens. Take COVID-19: An unprecedented 12.45 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide in the last 18 months, helping many countries turn the tide on the pandemic. Yet three-quarters of people in Africa have not received one dose. As long as this gap exists, we can’t protect the world against new virus variants and end the acute stage of this pandemic.

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