A Global Shot in the Arm, With Anthony Fauci

Successful vaccine rollouts in the United States and other wealthy nations have made many people hopeful that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight. But the majority of the world’s population does not yet have access to these vaccines. Without a strong global effort to immunize everyone, new variants could tighten the pandemic’s grip on rich and poor countries alike.

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  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Podcast Host and Producer
Episode Guests
  • Anthony S. Fauci
    Director, U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Richard Haass
    President, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Tidjane Thiam
    Special Envoy for COVID-19 Response, African Union

Show Notes

Following a highly competitive bidding process, wealthy countries that account for a minority of the world’s population have obtained a majority of the approved COVID-19 vaccines. Even with global initiatives such as COVAX, it could take many years for poorer nations to immunize their populations. 


The unchecked spread of COVID-19 leads to more virus mutations, and epidemiologists are concerned that unvaccinated countries will become hotbeds for new variants, some of which could resist existing vaccines and reinfect populations even in countries where most people have been vaccinated. 


In this episode, Anthony Fauci, Richard N. Haass, and Tidjane Thiam explain that a strong global vaccination effort is not just the right thing to do from a humanitarian perspective, but an essential step to ending this pandemic at home.


CFR Resources


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Vaccine Diplomacy: China and Sinopharm in Africa,” Neil Edwards


America’s Vaccine Diplomacy Is AWOL in the Middle East.” Steven A. Cook


The Tragedy of Vaccine Nationalism,” Foreign Affairs, by Thomas J. Bollyky and Chad P. Bown


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The COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout,” Vin Gupta, Margaret Hamburg, and Clarion E. Johnson


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From Anthony S. Fauci


SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern in the United States—Challenges and Opportunities,” JAMA


SARS-CoV-2 Viral Variants—Tackling a Moving Target,” JAMA


From Tidjane Thiam


COVID-19: arming Africa with a debt, aid and open digital delivery partnership,” Africa Report


Read More


Why Rich Countries Should Subsidize Vaccination Around the World,” New Yorker


Virus Variant First Found in Britain Now Spreading Rapidly in U.S.,” New York Times


South Africa suspends Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine rollout after researchers report ‘minimal’ protection against coronavirus variant,” Washington Post


Vaccines are the new diplomatic currency,” New York Times


Biden Says U.S. Struck Deals for 200 Million More Covid-19 Vaccine Doses,” Wall Street Journal


How vaccination efforts across the world may affect Americans,” Los Angeles Times


White House announces $4 billion in funding for Covax, the global vaccine effort that Trump spurned,” Washington Post


Coronavirus vaccines could cement Africa’s relationship with China,” Deutsche Welle


Watch or Listen


A Conversation With Dr. Anthony Fauc‪i,” The Daily


Dr. Anthony Fauci,” Fresh Air


Vaccine hoarding,” Today, Explained


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