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COVID vaccination logistics: five steps to take now

A health worker registers a person for vaccine during simulation of a Covid-19 vaccine trial in Indonesia

A simulation of a COVID-19 vaccine trial in Bogor, Indonesia. Credit: INA Photo Agency/Shutterstock

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Nature 587, 194-196 (2020)



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