Frontier Africa Reports

COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries is critical to protecting lives, building human capital, and stimulating economic recovery. The current crisis is exacerbating inequalities throughout the world and, without access to vaccines, the gap will widen further. Ensuring developing countries can access, as well as safely distribute vaccines, calls for strong partnership and cooperation at the national, regional & global levels.

The event COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries will explore: - The work underway in developing countries to prepare for large scale vaccine rollouts; the strengths and gaps in country readiness; measures to ensure access and distribution; and the importance of partnerships and cooperation across all stakeholders for success.

- The private sector’s essential role in driving innovation, production and manufacturing to meet the enormous needs for COVID-19 vaccines, tests and therapeutics.

- Taking a broad view of COVID-19 to reflect on opportunities and challenges across research, finance and policy, as we work to build more resilient health and economic systems now –and in the future.


  • - David R. Malpass, President, World Bank Group
  • - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, @World Health Organization (WHO)
  • - Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General, @World Trade Organization
  • - Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, @UNICEF
  • - Seth Berkley, CEO, @Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
  • - Richard Hatchett, CEO, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)
  • - Gro H. Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway; Former Director-General, World Health Organization
  • - Axel van Trotsenburg, Managing Director of Operations, World Bank
  • - Gwen Hines, Executive Director of Global Programmes, @SaveTheChildren?
  • - Jérôme Thill, Deputy CEO, Cerba HealthCare
  • - Makhtar Diop, Managing Director and Executive Vice President, @International Finance Corporation?
  • - Mari Pangestu, Managing Director, Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank
  • - Esperanza Martinez, Head of COVID-19 Crisis Management, @International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • - Petit Tonton, artist