Vaccination strategies in the midst of an epidemic

CEPR Policy Insight No 110

Mathias Dewatripont

This Policy Insight discusses the myriad obstacles faced by European countries in their drive to vaccinate populations against Covid-19, and details the lessons - positive and negative - of the process so far. Key insights that emerge include the importance of EU-level bargaining in the acquisition of vaccine supplies - and its potential for future negotiations in the pharma-sphere; the difficulty of addressing vaccine hesitancy and the importance of clear communication at early stages of the roll-out; the overall success of the 'gradualist strategy' in convincing individuals to vaccinate without coercion; and the relative success of introducing corona passes within countries - especially in the case of France - which is made substantially more effective when accompanied by clear communication and political commitment to the measure.