The fast-spreading omicron variant has heightened the need for billions of additional vaccine doses to protect vulnerable populations and tamp down new variants around the world, according to a new report prepared by a team of public health advocates and scientists.

“The scientific evidence is clear: only by universally deploying the vaccines currently most effective against infection — which for now appear to be mRNA vaccines — will we be able to blunt the virus’s evolution and begin to bring the pandemic under control globally,” the authors write in the report, which was first shared with The Washington Post.

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