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Live Session: Delivering a People's Vaccine - A Moral Obligation and our Common Interest Live Session: Delivering a People's Vaccine - A Moral Obligation and our Common Interest

Aug 172021

Live Session: Delivering a People's Vaccine - A Moral Obligation and our Common Interest

The G7 meeting in Cornwall last July failed to meet the expectations of citizens across the world regarding vaccine equity. Ahead of the G20 Health Ministerial Meeting in Rome, on 5-6 September, we now have another opportunity to put an end to vaccine nationalism and advocate for a fair distribution of vaccines. Register below.

Vaccination rates in Europe and North America hit new records every day, while those in the Global South stagnate. Most developed countries have jabbed approximately 50% of their population, a stark contrast with those in Africa, lagging behind at a meagre 2% and those in Latin America, which present very uneven rates depending on the country. According to the World Health Organization, ten countries have administered 75% of available vaccines. The Global South is once more left to its own fate, bearing the worse socio-economic consequences of variants running amok. Evidence continues to show that this is not a people’s vaccine, but that of the few. 

The G7 meeting in Cornwall last July failed to meet the expectations of citizens across the world regarding vaccine equity. Their pledge to redistribute only 1 billion doses falls short of the 11 billion that we actually need to vaccinate the world. Meanwhile, the European Union continues to block a waiver of intellectual property rules for COVID-19 vaccines. This measure would expand global manufacturing capacity and bring about more equitable access to vaccines, a recurring request from leaders in the Global South.

We are failing a historical moral test by choosing vaccine nationalism fueled by a lack of political will to take the multilateral path. Furthermore, making vaccines broadly available is our common interest. If we fail to stop the transmission and the mutation of the virus -swiftly and in all countries- we will have to overcome socio-economic consequences of unprecedented magnitude. 

We now have a second opportunity to change course. Ahead of the G20 Health Ministerial Meeting in Rome, on 5-6 September, Club de Madrid and partners from the People’s Vaccine Alliance are organising this Live Session to underscore the moral failure of the recent G7 meeting. During the discussion, we will call for developed nations to take the reins and do what is right: vehemently reject nationalistic approaches to vaccination and support poorer nations in their fight against the pandemic. 

Join us in our plea to end vaccine nationalism. Let’s call wealthy nations to fulfil our moral obligation and pursue our common interest. 
1 September
4 PM CEST
10 AM EDT

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We are very sorry to inform you that the upcoming session Delivering a People's Vaccine: A Moral Obligation and our Common Interest to be held on 1 September at 16.00 CEST has been cancelled. We will keep you informed about any updates or rescheduling of the session.

We extend our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Speakers
-Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2007-2010) and Club de Madrid Member
-Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, General Secretary of the ACT Alliance 
-Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
-Facilitator: Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, Chief Executive, Christian Aid

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