COVID-19 Vaccine: Are Central and West Asian Countries Ready?

Aug. 6, 2020, 7:00-8:15am (registration required)

Join Harvard's Davis Center for an online talk on logistics surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine in Central and West Asia.

In the race against time to develop a vaccine against COVID-19, forward-looking policy makers must begin exploring next steps such as access to the vaccine, financing and distribution, and start working on their countries’ preparedness for the challenge. Two renowned experts, a scholar and a practitioner, will provide an overview of the current state of vaccine development. They will discuss mechanisms for Central and West Asian countries to access the vaccine, as well as items that should be on the “to-do” lists of policy-makers in these countries.

Registration is required and can be found at this link.


Patrick Osewe, chief of the Health Sector Group, ADB

Judyth Twigg, nonresident senior associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies; professor of political science, Virginia Commonwealth University

Nargis Kassenova (moderator), senior fellow, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center; associate professor, KIMEP University

Lyaziza Sabyrova, principal regional economist, Central and West Asia Regional Department