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Supply chains create global benefits from improved vaccine accessibility.

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Ensuring a more equitable distribution of vaccines worldwide is an effective strategy to control global pandemics and support economic recovery. We analyze the socioeconomic effects - defined as health gains, lockdown-easing effect, and supply-chain rebuilding benefit - of a set of idealized COVID-19 vaccine distribution scenarios. We find that an equitable vaccine distribution across the world would increase global economic benefits by 11.7% ($950 billion per year), compared to a scenario focusing on vaccinating the entire population within vaccine-producing countries first and then distributing vaccines to non-vaccine-producing countries. With limited doses among low-income countries, prioritizing the elderly who are at high risk of dying, together with the key front-line workforce who are at high risk of exposure is projected to be economically beneficial (e.g., 0.9%~3.4% annual GDP in India). Our results reveal how equitable distributions would cascade more protection of vaccines to people and ways to improve vaccine equity and accessibility globally through international collaboration.


Acknowledgements: This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (72091514, 7221101088, 7224100119) (D.G.). The authors would like to thank Prashant Yadav and other, anonymous, referee(s) for their helpful comments and suggestions.


Humans, Aged, COVID-19 Vaccines, Global Health, COVID-19, Communicable Disease Control, Vaccines

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Nat Commun

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