Report: Distributing a COVID-19 vaccine equitably could avert hundreds of thousands of deaths
The pandemic has reversed years of global progress, according to the Gates Foundation's fourth annual Goalkeepers Report. Cooperation is key to getting back on track.
The rush among wealthy countries to lay claim to billions of doses of prospective COVID-19 vaccines could lead to hundreds of thousands more deaths than if the vaccines are distributed equitably, according to a report released today by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
That’s just one finding from the fourth annual Goalkeepers Report, which is prepared by the Gates Foundation in partnership with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). In previous years, the report has documented the steady progress the world had made toward meeting sustainable development goals laid out by the United Nations in areas ranging from educational access to hunger to gender equality. (Bill Gates on how to end this pandemic—and prepare