Morning Consult, “Distributing the COVID Vaccine Will Be the 21st Century’s Greatest Challenge”

Morning Consult, “Distributing the COVID Vaccine Will Be the 21st Century’s Greatest Challenge”

The race is on to develop an effective COVID-19 vaccine. We’re nearing the finish line with encouraging results from three leading candidates so far: Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca. But our most difficult challenges still lie ahead. Getting a vaccine through research and development isn’t even half the battle. We still have to deliver that vaccine around the world. And it’s here that our best medical efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic meet the realities of the world’s limited infrastructure and often capricious bureaucracies.

For more than 35 years, I have built and operated health infrastructure to and throughout the developing world for global organizations like USAID, the Global Fund and the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development, and I have worked in concert with various U.N. organizations like UNICEF. From Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iraq to Africa, India and most of Asia, I’ve been on the ground battling the everchanging bureaucratic hurdles, challenging logistics infrastructure and limited financial resources that can present an impenetrable blockade to vaccine and medicine delivery. Today my company manages hundreds of millions of kilos of medicines and supplies to over 80 developing countries. We are most likely doing more than any other company in the logistics industry.

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