Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who has written about public health for years, said that the global community needs to do a better job in unifying its response to the Covid-19 pandemic in order to get it under control.
"The real problem at the moment is we have very fragmented responses all over the world," Garrett, the author of "The Coming Plague," said during CNN's global town hall.
"Every country is doing its own thing. Within countries, every state or province is doing its own thing. Every county is doing its own thing. We don't have a unified approach," she said.
The vaccine race: Garrett said that some countries are simply racing to find a vaccine in an effort to "buy themselves time and solve their own local problems."
"The virus will continue to circulate in the world regardless of whether or not there's a vaccine, unless we're committed to a strategic goal of really getting rid of the virus from the planet with appropriate implementation of a vaccine for everybody, 7.5 billion human beings."