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Israel has the highest rate of COVID-19 vaccine coverage worldwide, and so has been one of the first countries to report on vaccine effectiveness. Abir Sultan/EPA-EFE

COVID vaccines: how to make sense of reports on their effectiveness

Real-world studies of vaccines aren't directly comparable with clinical trials, but their results are still good news.
A medic administers a COVID-19 vaccine in Mumbai. India and South Africa have led efforts to get a waiver on intellectual property rights. Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Intellectual property and COVID-19 medicines: why a WTO waiver may not be enough

A waiver may not allow all developing countries to secure medicines and other anti-COVID technologies in a timely way.
The success of Brazil’s vaccine program will have a ripple effect on countries to which it exports commodities such as steel. Michael Dantas/AFP via Getty Images

The $4 trillion economic cost of not vaccinating the entire world

The world's most advanced economies will incur half the total costs associated with a failure to vaccinate poorer nations, which could exceed $4 trillion if only half their citizens are inoculated.
Establishing public trust is now central to any decisions regarding the inoculation of our child population. (Shutterstock)

Should children get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Historically, we immunized children against diseases like polio that were a clear danger to them, but COVID-19 is usually mild in children. However, herd immunity is unlikely without vaccinating kids.
Seniors in Fort Myers, Fla. wait for their COVID-19 vaccinations. At this site, 800 doses of vaccine were available. Octavio Jones via Getty Images

Vaccine delays reveal unexpected weak link in supply chains: A shortage of workers

The shipment of goods to suppliers has become technologically sophisticated. Delays in getting out the COVID-19 vaccine to people show that the breakdowns come down to something more basic.

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