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Why distributing a COVID-19 vaccine in the Global South will be a challenge

Democracy Now!

June 27th 2020

Researchers are looking at how to ensure equitable distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine for countries most vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak. Brazil, which now has the highest coronavirus infection rate in the world, is planning to test two coronavirus vaccines, but many low- and middle-income countries do not have the capacity to produce or provide vaccinations at scale, says Marcia Castro, a professor of demography and chair of the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In countries across the Global South, modes of mass coronavirus vaccine distribution and number of vaccination doses need to be considered carefully, as governments develop their own vaccines or enter into international agreements to guarantee adequate distribution of medicines to fight the coronavirus. Countries that “have the industrial capacity to produce the vaccine, they should be trying to find ways to expedite the industrial production, so the moment something is ready, they can do it,” Castro says. “The vaccination at scale is going to be extremely complicated.” #DemocracyNow Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs on nearly 1,400 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9AM ET: Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today: FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: YouTube: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: SoundCloud: iTunes:!-audio/id73802554 Daily Email Digest:

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