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World must pull together to find and fund COVID-19 vaccine

Asia is making critical contribution as economic toll of coronavirus rises

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There are more than 220 potential vaccine candidates under development worldwide.   © Photonews/Getty Images

Dr. Richard Hatchett is CEO of CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, a partnership of public, private, philanthropic and civil organizations that finances and co-ordinates the development of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases.

The world desperately needs a coronavirus vaccine. Without one, populations will face the continued threat of a COVID-19 rebound, trapping them in a cycle of intermittent lockdowns and risking terrible economic and societal damage.

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