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Development of vaccines is a major breakthrough in the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Much attention has been paid to how to prioritise between patient groups for vaccination and how to ensure equity, especially in low-income countries, but there are other important decisions that need to be made.
These decisions include: (a) choosing between the various vaccines that will become available, (b) continuing to invest in other aspects of the COVID-19 response and (c) balancing the COVID-19 response with the need to invest in other healthcare that has suffered during the pandemic.
Although these decisions are inherently difficult, principles of good priority setting can be helpful; these principles include: evidence-based and transparent decision-making, participation of stakeholders and a focus on the implementation of decisions.
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Williams I, Essue B, Nouvet E, et al., Priority setting during the COVID-19 pandemic: going beyond vaccines BMJ Global Health 2021;6:e004686. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2020-004686