Increasing COVID-19 vaccine take-up is key to protecting people from death and disability. Research increasingly shows that COVID-19 not only increases the risk of premature death but also can have long-lasting consequences resulting in chronic conditions and incapacitating illnesses –also known as long COVID. However, despite the benefits of vaccines, governments are still … [Read more...] about COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Belize: How to Overcome it?
What is the Mercredi de Réflexion? The Mercedi de Réflexion is a monthly meeting organized by the IDB Haiti Country Office that tackles relevant topics for the country’s development and economic growth. These meetings bring to the table sector specialists, academics, politicians and members of civil society to … [Read more...] about The COVID-19 Vaccination Roll Out in Haiti: 3 takeaways from a Mercredi de Réflexion
The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting lives and economies. The World Bank estimates global GDP losses of US$12 trillion over 2020-2021, implying a US$500 million benefit to ending the pandemic just one month sooner. In this context, we need access to a safe and effective vaccine on a faster schedule than ever before achieved for a new disease. This will require significant … [Read more...] about 3 reasons why countries should purchase COVID-19 Vaccines at Risk
It is no news that we are all looking forward to the COVID-19 vaccine. But to believe that finding one - or several - vaccines will be the panacea and immediately end the pandemic is a mistake. Three fundamental questions explain why the vaccine does not provide an immediate solution. The first and most obvious, the date: when will the vaccine be ready? The second question is … [Read more...] about The COVID-19 vaccine: when, how, and at what price?