"Vaccination is the game changer. It’s difficult to plan the next year, but our perspective is hopefully we have the chance to vaccinate our risk groups in the first quarter and have the chance to vaccinate broader parts of society in the second quarter."
Those were the words of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, speaking at the Forum's latest virtual Great Reset meeting on 2 December. His comments came as the UK became the first country to authorize the use of a new COVID-19 vaccine, with other countries are the globe set to follow suit this month.
The Great Reset, which grew out of the Forum's COVID Action Platform, is a commitment to jointly and urgently build the foundations of our economic and social system for a more fair, sustainable and resilient post-COVID future.
Other speakers at Wednesday's virtual meeting included Stéphane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer, Moderna; Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); Sir Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice-President, Biopharmaceutical Research and Development, AstraZeneca; Dr Paul Stoffels, Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee, Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson.
Here's a roundup of some of the key quotes from the session.