The COVID-19 pandemic reveals the need for strong priority setting goals for countriesin Africa. This priority setting goal should go beyond the creation of vaccines and emergencyresponse systems. Prioritization is required to reduce socioeconomic inequities, strengthen health systems, and protect the quality of life for vulnerable populations. As countries grapple with the pandemic, it has become apparent that public health systems must be resilient in their efforts to combat COVID-19, but also in their strategy to roll out vaccines in the future.  Providing essential services to communities in Africa requires that health systems must ensure that effective management techniques are applied to the allocation of resources during times ofscarcity and great need.As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public health, I am currently working under a large, multi-project that examines how countries utilized priority setting approach during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, my research focuses on the delivery of healthcare services to vulnerable populations such as girls and women.