Both rapid innovation and equitable access to vaccines are necessary to protect the world from viral pandemics. Today, however, we face gross inequities in global access to Covid-19 vaccines. As high-income countries, such as the United States and European countries, have secured a majority of the world’s vaccine supply (more than twice the volumes needed to cover their populations1), many low-income countries have barely begun the immunization process. It will take political courage to end such vaccine injustice now and political vision to negotiate the binding international rules needed to avert similar inequities in the future.

In the immediate term, countries that share vaccines with those facing shortages can save the lives of frontline workers and vulnerable groups, helping to end the pandemic and reducing the risk of emergence of new and dangerous variants, while generating an additional $9 trillion for the global economy

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