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Today we joined colleagues from CSIS, Duke University, and the COVID Collective in an open letter to the Biden Administration and US Congress with a clear message: to hasten the end of the COVID-19 global pandemic, American leadership is required to ensure universal global access to high-quality and safe vaccines, support rapid vaccine distribution and administration, and build a sustainable global network of vaccine manufacturing capacity. Vaccines offer an exit route out of the pandemic – but only if they reach a critical mass of people in need across continents, socioeconomic strata, and marginalized populations.
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Prashant Yadav, a health care supply chain expert at the Center for Global Development in Washington, said the disappointing results challenge the assumption that all mRNA vaccines are alike.
“We’ve had this question mark since very start of research on mRNA vaccines,” he said. It’s possible, Dr. Yadav said, that CureVac’s design may be partly to blame for the low efficacy, not just the variants.
Although many vaccine experts had seen promise for CureVac’s shots in much of the unvaccinated world, the new results cloud their outlook.
"Rich countries could also accelerate production by removing obstacles to the free trade of vaccine supplies, as Prashant Yadav and Rebecca Weintraub argue in the Harvard Business Review. A centralized supply-chain database containing information from every country about its supplies of and demand for raw materials and manufacturing capacity could also help to reduce bottlenecks.