The COVID-19 pandemic has generated an unprecedented global effort to develop safe and effective vaccines at scale and speed.
But as vaccination programmes begin to roll out in a small number of high-income countries, steps must be taken to ensure that the right to vaccination is shared across all populations in all countries, rich or poor.
HelpAge is calling for collective action, and global cooperation to ensure equitable access and leave no-one behind.
Two issues need to be urgently addressed for this to happen:
- How will equitable distribution of vaccines be achieved between richer and poorer countries?
- How will decisions regarding the prioritisation of vaccine recipients be made at national level?