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What can we learn from leading Covid-19 vaccine programmes? An insider look at India, UK and UAE « Back to Webinars

Vaccines offer us hope to end this pandemic. In record time, various vaccines have been approved and are being administered to people around the world. India, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates have claimed a spot in the top 10 countries with the highest number of Covid-19 vaccinations given to their populations.  What can we learn from these countries? The approach taken by each country varies. From deciding which subsets of their populations would be the first to receive the vaccine, to deciding which healthcare professionals would be involved in the rollout, there have been widespread differences. 

On Friday 19 March 2021, BMJ and Asian Development Bank hosted a webinar exploring Covid-19 vaccine programmes, strategies used, challenges and lessons learned, and facilitated a discussion to share knowledge and support countries with their rollout plans. 


  • Introduction: Dr Patrick L. Osewe: Chief of Health Sector Group, Asian Development Bank
  • Experience from UK: Dr Liz Avital, Operation Lead for a vaccination centre in London
  • Experience from India: Dr Vinod Paul, Head of the Covid-19 task force and National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog member
  • Moderator: Ms Mitali Wroczynski, Director, Global Health, BMJ

Please note: Dr Farida Al Hosani, our speaker from UAE was unable to attend. 

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