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It will take more than vaccine efficacy to control COVID-19

While we are understandably obsessed with vaccine efficacy, there are other important influences on the success of immunisation in controlling the COVID19 pandemic globally—vaccine manufacturing capacity, distribution systems and infrastructure, pace of implementation, coverage, health messaging, and continued adoption of non-pharmaceutical interventions.

There are lessons to be learned from the universal eradication of smallpox. The control of SARS-CoV-2 demands an approach that includes universal political commitment and a global coordinating body to provide strategic and moral leadership.

Read: The lessons of smallpox eradication for COVID-19 by Richard Horton.

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