COVID-19 has thrown the world into turmoil. In some places vaccines are beginning to turn the tide, but the global path out of the crisis will not be straightforward. This paper is part of a joint project between Wellcome Trust and the Institute for Government that has seen us bring together leading international scientists and policy makers at roundtables and events, in May and June 2021, to discuss how the pandemic could develop and the policies needed to end it.
Key recommendations for global leaders:
- Define an acceptable level of domestic vaccination and supply, and agree what surplus and wider resources can be committed to the global effort.
- Commit greater financial resources: vaccinating the whole world to the level of rich countries requires around 11 billion doses, at a cost of around $50 billion – $35 billion more than has so far been spent.
- Establish stable supply streams to poorer countries and help improve healthcare capacity to allow them to plan and implement vaccine rollouts effectively.
- Develop policies and funding to meet the aim of strengthening global surveillance, including genomic sequencing.
- Agree on a package of institutional reforms to strengthen global health resilience and help equip the world to respond better to future threats.