The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of robust and adaptive health systems. Leaders need to plan and upgrade their strategies regularly so care can be delivered quickly, scaled, and adjusted as supply and demand shifts over time.
During the pandemic, we have supported health officials and decision makers by creating tools to help them allocate, distribute, verify, and generate demand for vaccines. The team collaborated with the Center for Global Development to build an interactive web tool to generate predictions on the COVID-19 portfolio in real-time and co-developed the Vaccine Allocation Planner with Surgo Ventures to visualize equitable vaccine delivery. We built a Vaccine Equity Planner with Google and Boston Children’s Hospital to identify “vaccine deserts,” places where people have little or no convenient access to vaccination, and potential new vaccination sites to address the gaps. We update the tool regularly with new data as vaccination guidelines change. The team also served on the CONVINCE (COVID-19 New Vaccine Information, Communication, and Engagement) coalition, building the communication and demand generation infrastructure to increase global vaccine confidence, inform media, and connect stakeholders around the globe.