In the Spotlight
A surge in new COVID-19 cases in the middle of 2021 has again highlighted the need to speed and scale up vaccination programs in Asia and the Pacific.
To cope with the pandemic, Asia’s poor are missing meals and selling their assets. Governments need to target policies toward the most vulnerable in order to stave off long-term damaging impacts.
This brief explores how introducing vaccine passes could support cross-border travel and help revive the tourism sector.
ADB has launched a $9 billion vaccine initiative—the Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility (APVAX)—offering rapid and equitable support to its developing member countries as they procure and deliver effective and safe COVID-19 vaccines.