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Katherine Bliss. "Immunizing the World in a Novel Pandemic." CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 28, 2021. Accessed May 11, 2022. https://healthsecurity.csis.org/articles/immunizing-the-world-in-a-novel-pandemic/

The novel coronavirus pandemic disrupted years of progress against vaccine-preventable diseases and created several new obstacles to sustaining access to global immunization. As the world surpasses 100 million cases of Covid-19, how are efforts such as the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator’s COVAX Facility working to secure global collaboration, to ensure access to Covid-19 vaccines for all affected populations, and to begin to turn the tide of the pandemic?

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The novel coronavirus pandemic disrupted years of progress against vaccine-preventable diseases and created several new obstacles to sustaining access to global immunization. As the world surpasses 100 million cases of Covid-19, how are efforts such as the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator’s COVAX Facility working to secure global collaboration, to ensure access to Covid-19 vaccines for all affected populations, and to begin to turn the tide of the pandemic?

Authors: Katherine E. Bliss, Michaela Simoneau
Producer: Christopher Burns

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