Purchasing COVID-19 Vaccines: Analysis of Costs and Benefits for Latin America and the Caribbean

Inter-american Development Bank |

Photo by Kristine Wook on Unsplash
Photo by Kristine Wook on Unsplash

There are major gains to accelerating access to a COVID-19 vaccine. The World Bank predicts a cumulative $1.02 trillion loss to the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean over 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19. Based on this estimate, ending the pandemic just three months earlier would yield nearly $125 billion for the region in economic benefits alone. This note describes a framework for assessing the costs and benefits of at-risk investments in COVID-19 vaccines and assesses the net benefits for Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries.


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