Hoarding Vaccines or Hedging Vaccine R&D Risks? — Motivation for Overbooking COVID-19 Vaccines in High-Income Countries

Document Type : Letter to Editor


Department of Situation and Policy, Huaibei Normal University, Huaibei, China


Main Subjects

Dear Editor,


In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, global supplies of vaccines were extremely tight, but some high-income countries (HICs) pre-ordered more vaccines than their nationals needed. We consider an entity overbook COVID-19 vaccines when the percentage of the national population that can be vaccinated with the pre-order vaccine reaches or exceeds 200% since most vaccines require only two doses,1 and not everyone is suitable for vaccination. ...(Read more...)

  • Receive Date: 19 November 2023
  • Revise Date: 26 January 2024
  • Accept Date: 10 February 2024
  • First Publish Date: 12 February 2024