Vaccines bring hope of recovery but global distribution remains a challenge

Covid-19 has undoubtedly been the greatest public health challenge of a generation. Almost one year ago, on 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2, as a pandemic. One by one, countries across all continents enforced mobility measures to mitigate the spread of the virus and save lives. Despite these efforts, figures as of 1 March 2021, from the WHO state that the pandemic has already infected over 115 million people and caused 2.6 million deaths globally. The good news though is that effective vaccines are now available and preliminary results show that the virus spread is decreasing e.g. in Israel a rapid rollout of the vaccine prioritising older persons aged 70 years or over led to a 70% decrease in the ratio of Covid patients requiring ventilation support.

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