Diseases know no borders – and ensuring vaccine equity for all nations is an essential step towards combatting infectious diseases on a global scale. This includes ensuring countries worldwide have the resources they need to secure enough vaccines to protect their citizens.
Protecting our world means vaccinating our world – because global public health crises cannot be managed independently and without cooperation. The COVID-19 pandemic taught us that a “me first” mentality by rich countries all but guaranteed most of the world was left unprotected.
COVID-19 showed how pandemics impact the world far beyond health and why the world must be better prepared. By ensuring vaccine equity, we can protect our economies, ensure societal cohesion, and promote long-term stability for individual countries and the world.
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Are safe, necessary, and prevent up to 5 million deaths annually.
Can have side effects - but true vaccine injuries are very rare.
Prevent diseases like chicken pox, HPV, measles, polio, and many others.
Are not 100% effective but work well to protect us and people who can't be vaccinated (e.g., herd immunity)