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Global Vaccine Leadership Wanted

We should be planning to vaccinate the world annually, but we are on track to take twice as long, not least because vaccine developers are withholding their intellectual property so that they can recoup costs. Yet there is a straightforward solution that would leave everyone better off.

CAMBRIDGE – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, the old adage goes. But the world’s current vaccination plan is very much “broke,” and nobody seems to be fixing it, despite the disastrous consequences for lives, livelihoods, and the global economy.

This was supposed to be the year of recovery. But, from an epidemiological standpoint, it is shaping up to be worse than 2020, and current dynamics suggest that 2022 will be no better.

It does not have to be this way. But getting onto a better path will require strong global leadership that, for once, eschews wishful thinking.