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Developing a Plan to Vaccinate the World

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am Washington DC Time

"COVID-19 Vaccine Demand and Supply" Presentation by Tristan Reed 


  • Tristan Reed, Economist, World Bank ​​​​​​


  • Anthony McDonnell, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Global Development


  • Amanda Glassman, Executive Vice President and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development


While vaccine R&D stands out as a success in the ongoing response to COVID-19, there is still a long way to go to meet vaccination needs, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. The public debate offers differing explanations on what the main binding constraints are for reaching more equitable worldwide access. Some argue supply-side issues including manufacturing capacity are the main obstacles to scale up and meet needs; others point to a lack of organized demand for vaccines—the orders or procurement that enable a manufacturing response—rather than insufficient supply.

Join CGD for a discussion on new research on vaccine demand and supply that offers one path to reaching higher vaccination coverage against COVID-19. This event will explore challenges and opportunities around closing global vaccination gaps, examining vaccine need given age structures, available vaccines and COVID-19 dynamics, organized demand and financing for vaccine purchasing, vaccine supply chains and production capacity of manufacturers, and what the international community should do next.

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Executive Vice President of CGD, CEO of CGD Europe, and Senior Fellow
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Senior Policy Analyst