31 minutes | Feb 10, 2021

8. The Distribution Gauntlet

In this eighth episode, The Covax Files takes a mini world tour on some mass vaccinations programs that started in December 2020 and January 2021.  Surani speaks to experts in different regions to get a taste of what has been happening on the ground with rollouts in the US, Europe, Israel and India, and the unique strengths and challenges within each region. While the US is facing issues with simply getting vaccinations sites set up to deliver a huge supply of vaccines to patients, the EU is facing the opposite problem with a mobilization plan in place but not enough vaccine to go around. Israel has become the unforeseen world leader of vaccinations after signing a unique data-sharing deal with Pfizer, while India also surprises with some grand plans to not only take care of its 1.3 billion population, but also its neighboring countries. Many countries, especially lower income countries are yet to receive a single vaccine dose, and experts discuss the global distribution challenges that are brought on when rich countries sign private deals to buy doses directly from pharma companies. This episode explores the COVAX facility and how it;s set up to ensure equitable access of vaccines across the globe and the broader challenges to counter vaccine nationalism. Guest profiles and timestamps available at https://thecovaxfiles.com
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