We should treat the individuals and communities affected by COVID-19 how we would wish ourselves to be treated, with empathy and compassion.
Vaccine hesitancy will result in people being unprotected and left behind.
With shrinking national budgets, increasing deficits, demands for welfare assistance, and economies which are struggling to recover from month long lock-downs and harsh restrictive measures, investing in the unknown is a difficult decision to make.
The best chance of success for any country is to participate in an endeavour which diversifies and broadens access to a broad portfolio of possible vaccine candidates.
Proposals should not come from an angry or frustrated place, and must be evidence-based.
We need local-level, granular data that is integrated with social and economic indicators.
Now is not the time for countries to look inwards. The crisis will only be resolved, and economies will only recover, if countries are allowed to trade and collaborate freely with each other.