The numbers are staggering. At least 5.7 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been pre-ordered pre-ordered Hindustan Times Pre-orders of Covid-19 vaccine top five billion Read more  globally, without a guarantee that all or any of them would pass muster in Phase III trials. It’s akin to countries buying premium health insurance for their people, and kick-starting their economies.

If manufacturers and heads of state wait for adequate regulatory approvals, then the world, put on notice in January, would claim a victory against the virus.


Seema Singh

Seema has over two decades of experience in journalism. Before starting The Ken, Seema wrote “Myth Breaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech”, published by HarperCollins in May 2016. Prior to that, she was a senior editor and bureau chief for Bangalore with Forbes India, and before that she wrote for Mint. Seema has written for numerous international publications like IEEE-Spectrum, New Scientist, Cell and Newsweek. Seema is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MacArthur Foundation Research Grantee.

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