Mass vaccinations: protecting the world

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July 13, 2021

The development of effective vaccines offers us a path out of the COVID-19 pandemic – but there are 7.9 billion steps on that road: until every country has achieved ‘herd immunity’, there’s a risk that fresh outbreaks and new variants will emerge to spread again. So national governments face two linked tasks: while vaccinating their own populations, they also have a direct interest in supporting a global roll-out.

Even for rich countries, vaccinating the adult population is an immense and complex task: having secured supplies, public servants must create flexible, countrywide distribution networks, decide which groups to prioritise, and address the ‘vaccine hesitancy’ that can undermine take-up. These tasks are harder still in countries lacking robust transport, logistics, communications and health infrastructures, or the buying power to secure supplies in tight global markets.

At this webinar, civil service leaders and external experts will discuss how national governments can best support and enable universal vaccination of their adult populations, considering issues such as building delivery systems and bolstering confidence in vaccines’ safety. And they’ll consider how best to reach every corner of the world – helping both to reduce the pandemic’s impact on inequality, and to restore safe international travel and global economic growth.


USA/Canada Eastern Time (EST): 09:30 – 10:45
British Summer Time (BST): 14:30 – 15:45
Central European Summer Time (CEST): 15:30 – 16:45
Eastern European Summer Time (EEST): 16:30 – 17:45
Singapore Time (SGT): 21:30 – 22:45
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST): 23:30 – 00:45

Public servants can register here for free to attend this webinar


Webinar chair: Siobhan Benita, former UK senior civil servant

Siobhan Benita was a senior civil servant with over 15 years’ Whitehall experience. She worked in many of the major delivery departments, including Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government. She also had senior roles at the heart of Government in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, including supporting the then Cabinet Secretary, Lord O’Donnell to lead work on Civil Service reform and strategy. Siobhan left the Civil Service to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election. She subsequently joined her alma mater, Warwick University as Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab.