Vaccine development in the shortest possible time has been the prime focus while paving the way out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Data has played a critically important role, both nationally and globally, in achieving the shortest deployment period. Similar to other instances of data usage during COVID-19, experiences of using data in vaccine rollouts and related dissemination activities have varied considerably across nations of differing income groups. From monitoring and controlling individual movement to disseminating information regarding vaccination availability and ultimately availing the vaccine, integrating data in COVID-19 reponses has neither been easy nor homogenous in approach. In this regrad, it must be mentioned that successful national COVID-19 vaccination efforts may define the recovery path for developing countries in the foreseeable future.
In this spirit, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) organised a hybrid session titled ‘Data-driven Vaccination Strategy for a COVID-19 Free World’ at the United Nations World Data Forum (UNWDF) 2021 in association with Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Programme, ICT Division and Cabinet Division, Government of Bangladesh; Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC), Argentina; Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh; Southern Voice; Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, USA and THE CITY, USA on Tuesday, 5 October 2021.