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Drawing on experiences from previous economic crises, the analysis presented in this publication suggests that governments will have to make bold choices to return to pre-COVID-19 growth trends in health spending per capita. It would require countries to increase the share of health in the overall government spending well beyond historical highs to get back on the path of progress toward universal health coverage (UHC). The analysis also demonstrates that the expected government health spending growth in low-income countries (LICs) and lower middle-income countries (LMICs) will fall far short of the spending needs to end the pandemic and prevent future ones. For example, without any changes in the share of government spending flowing to health, the expected net growth in health spending during 2021 and 2022 will amount on average to only 28.4 percent of the countries’ cost share of a COVID-19 vaccine roll out in LICs and 42.7 percent in LMICs. This is a useful study for policy makers. Click here to read the technical brief..