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  • Susanna Lehtimaki

Is a global rights-based COVID-19 vaccine roll out possible?

On December 9, 2020, the Global Health Justice & Governance Program within the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health hosted a discussion on equity and COVID-19 vaccine roll out. The panel, led by Chelsea Clinton, included Ian Barton, Precious Lunga, Nina Schwalbe, Prashant Yadav and Terry McGovern.

See the video here:

"Globally, there have been nearly 65 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 1.5 million deaths, according to the WHO. COVID-19 has worsened existing inequalities and disproportionately impacted communities like seniors, frontline healthcare and other essential workers, communities of color, people living in poverty, and those with pre-existing conditions. In addition, countries are approaching the virus in a myriad of ways and to varying degrees of success. As the world looks to vaccines, the coordination of an equitable global vaccine distribution is uncertain. Who decides which groups receive a vaccine first, and when? How will we successfully manufacture and share it globally? Who pays for it and its delivery?"

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