The Reality of Rolling Out COVID-19 Vaccines
On Monday, June 21, two Boost Members - Charles Akatobi and Martha Ngoe - joined the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security for an online event focused on lower- and lower-middle-income country experiences preparing for and delivering COVID-19 vaccines.
Following keynote remarks from Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, Katherine E. Bliss, Global Health Policy Center Senior Fellow, facilitated a great discussion on the approaches and prospects for scaling up vaccination. The panel included: Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF; Charles Akataobi, Epidemiologist/Field Coordinator with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), Nigeria; Martha Ngoe, Bureau Chief for International Vaccination and Travel Medicine and Sub-National Surveillance Officer, South-West Region, Ministry of Public Health, Cameroon; and Shyam Raj Upreti, Coordinator of the COVID-19 Vaccine Expert Advisory Committee in the Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal.
The overall discussion highlighted that the global vaccination effort contends with supply shocks and geopolitical challenges. National health leaders must confront the reality of scarce resources, surging caseloads, and pandemic fatigue.