COVID-19 vaccines have been developed at an unprecedented rate. Over 50 vaccines are in human trials. Several vaccines have received emergency / limited authorization for use in several countries. Several countries have commenced vaccination of priority groups, and many more are expected to commence in coming months. Almost all countries are in the process of procuring, approving and planning their distribution and administration of vaccine. Meanwhile many vaccine candidates continue to be developed and tested.
The situation is dynamic. International SOS is monitoring the situation closely. The latest updates are on the COVID-19 website and include a dedicated Vaccines page and Country Vaccine Tracker (log in using your membership number).
COVID-19 VACCINE ACCESS & DISTRIBUTION
The process in each country is complex. Globally, vaccines are considered medical therapeutics, and are governed by national regulations for importation and use. Each jurisdiction has its own requirements. COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be progressively approved, produced and made available under the control of national health authorities in 2020/2021.
During this period, private corporate sector and its employees will not have access to vaccine outside of these mechanisms.
International SOS is already assisting our clients to plan for vaccination strategies and protocols for the various employee’s population, including support for appropriate communication and education of employees for optimal outcome. Such support ensures the “readiness” of employers once relevant COVID-19 vaccine(s) become available in a given location.
On a country-by-country basis, International SOS is continuing to identify the additional support that can be provided to our customers in facilitating, within the rules established by the national authorities, vaccine access, its distribution and/or the vaccination of the employees for our clients.
On a country-by-country basis, International SOS is continuing to identify the additional support that can be provided to our customers in facilitating, within the rules established by the national authorities, vaccine access, its distribution and/or the vaccination of the employees for our clients. Our consulting practice has this expertise and is available to support your business. To learn more click HERE.
For further information please either contact your health advisor, complete the form opposite or contact one of our Assistance Centres.