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Vaccinating the World

Owing to an unprecedented global mobilization by the science and health communities, 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have already been administered. But given the emergence of new viral variants, the crisis will not be overcome until we have mustered the solidarity needed to immunize everyone.

CAMBRIDGE – Although we have come a long way in the fight against COVID-19, the only thing that will alter the course of the pandemic decisively is a genuine act of global solidarity.

The science and health-care communities have mobilized on a scale never before seen in our lifetime, taking the fight to a deadly virus that is still sweeping the world and leaving a trail of personal loss and economic devastation in its wake. This unprecedented global response has led to the development of multiple highly effective vaccines in record time, allowing for more than 2 billion doses to have been administered globally as of this writing. AstraZeneca has contributed 500 million doses to this global effort.

The vaccination effort has been nothing short of extraordinary. Thousands of lives are being saved every day as a result of urgent and committed global collaboration. But while some countries have begun to breathe a sigh of relief and imagine a post-pandemic world, the overwhelming majority of the world’s population remains unprotected.

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