Health Affairs September 15, 2020
Jacob Wallace, Jason L. Schwartz, Walter A. Orenstein

As many US states and cities roll back policies implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19, its cascading, long-term effects for health and health care are as uncertain as is the future trajectory of the pandemic itself. The successful development of vaccines—whenever it occurs—will rightly be celebrated as a turning point in the campaign against the virus. But realizing that potential will require overcoming a second set of challenges, first related to rapid, large-scale manufacturing and then to the design and implementation of a coordinated and equitable national vaccination program. In the United States, state and federal officials can take steps now to support the frontline health care providers who will be essential to the success of COVID-19 vaccination efforts,...