My explainer for Nature looks at why we can’t manufacture faster. Here are a few tasters:
Could we produce faster? Yes, probably.
Of all the bottlenecks, which is the tightest? Sourcing some of the hundreds of bits and bobs, from tens of countries, that feed the process.
Is IP release a good idea? Given the shameful history in the sector: Yes, but in this particular instance: Not at the moment.
Final, shocking observation: Why does Africa — with about a quarter of the world’s population — still have to import 99% of all its vaccines? Read it here