Poorer countries have to face four major challenges in the fight against coronavirus: vaccine funding, domestic structural bottlenecks, overloaded medical forces, and identifying the people who need a vaccine. With a new Covid-19 vaccine, many governments of low-income countries may find themselves unable to purchase sufficient doses of vaccine for their (usually large) population. Recent efforts from rich nations, such as initiatives taken by European nations, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s commitments worth of billions of USD, and many more provide some hope that immunization costs for poor countries can be somewhat reduced. But even then, these countries will still have to spend hundreds of millions of USD, if not billions, to buy enough doses of vaccines for their people. “Many governments of low-income countries may not be able to pay the costs of deploying a new Covid-19 vaccine. They may, however, be able to pay in smaller installments over time. One way to provide this financing is a bond structure backed by OECD countries that would allow the money to be raised in capital markets. The OECD countries would make a legally binding commitment to pay investors in bonds over time.” (Rebecca Weintraub, Prashant Yadav and Seth Berkeley, Harvard… Read full this story
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