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Vaccination Nation: The Global Vaccination Effort

A health worker checks the body temperature of a woman as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus at residential area in Chennai.
A health worker checks the body temperature of a woman as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus at residential area in Chennai.

More than half of all American adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. And new cases have dropped 50 percent over the last two weeks.

But around the globe, we’re seeing a very different pandemic reality.

A variant in India is suspected to be driving the country’s latest spike in infections and deaths. And Brazil is nearing one million more reported infections than last year.

David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee, writes in “The Independent”:

Pandemic prevention and response is treated as a health issue. The WHO and its accountable body, the World Health Assembly, is made up of health experts. Health ministers lead the work. But pandemics are different than other health issues. Pandemics belong on the desks of presidents, prime ministers and finance ministers. Not just after the pandemic strikes, but before, because pandemics have consequences way beyond health, as we have learnt to our cost.

What should global leadership on COVID-19 look like? And how involved should the U.S. be in the international vaccination effort?

For our monthly vaccine check in, we widen the lens and go global.

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