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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.




"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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