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By Chong Yang Gue
on February 16, 2021

Speed. It is the deciding factor between hundreds or millions of death cases. In a pandemic, speed is everything. The World Health Organization's (WHO) emergencies program executive director Michael Ryan, a doctor experienced in the Ebola outbreak, rightly said in a COVID-19 press conference that speed trumps everything else in an emergency response. Speed defines life or death. Governments, people, and especially the pharmaceutical sectors must embrace the speed to conquer a pandemic. Countries that are slower to respond are paying a huge price. Speed is everything that includes the pharmaceutical industry as well. What if we could make the vaccine available to the majority within one month instead of 18 months?