The People ‘s Vaccine : Will a COVID-19 Vaccine be Available to People North and South? LIVE Webcast
from 15th June 2020, hosted by Lord David Chidgey, AEPI Board member and co-chair of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Africa.
Recent months have seen unprecedented initiatives to ensure that there is equitable access to treatments for COVID-19 across the world.Above all, in the words of one of the initiatives, “The People’s Vaccine,” the aim is to make a future vaccine for COVID-19 “available for all people, in all countries, free of charge.”
But how realistic are these initiatives when faced with intransigent nation states, governments, international organisations and the pharmaceutical industry? What empirical grounds do they stand on given the ‘scandal of access’ that saw Africa blocked from HIV/AIDS treatments for almost a decade, while 800,000 unvaccinated children still die of pneumonia every year?
This LIVE Webcast will bring together leading policymakers and campaigners from Africa and Europe to realistically appraise these initiatives.
Ms. Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS and UN Under-Secretary General and signatory to “The People’s Vaccine” initiative
Dr. Ellen ‘t Hoen, Director Medicines Law and Policy, international lawyer and medical activist
Mr. Achal Prabhala, Coordinator of AccessIBSA project for access to medicines in India, Brazil and South Africa and Shuttleworth Foundation fellow
Mr. Saul Walker, Deputy Director, DFID UK, COVID-19 Vaccines, Therapeutics and Diagnostics Strategy