In September of 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) published a report with a warning—our risk of a global pandemic was on the rise, and the world was not prepared. Three months later, in December 2019, the first COVID-19 cases were reported to the World Health Organization.
Under detection and underreporting are problematic for a variety of reasons. They make it more difficult to understand the true spread of the virus, which impacts everything from resource planning in healthcare systems to public policies designed to reduce infection spread.
Releasing a vaccine to the public where it can make a positive impact on public health and individual lives is a complex process. Quality control testing is critical at every stage, from initial development to full-scale production, to make sure vaccines are as safe as possible.