Webinar: Overcoming Barriers to Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 vaccines

Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:00to13:30
No admission but RSVP required
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Join McGill Global Health Programs, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University in a webinar discussion on March 25th regarding global vaccine distribution plans and progress and global efforts to ensure equity in vaccine distribution. With COVID-19 vaccines in limited supply, the current moment calls for an unprecedented cooperative effort among global institutions, governments, and the private sector in order to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are allocated and distributed equitably, rather than based on nationalistic goals.

In this webinar we will explore the following questions:

  • What is the current state of vaccine distribution plans and progress? What equity considerations or solutions are the most important to consider?
  • What are the causes of inequitable global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines?
  • What solutions exist or are being developed to address the global vaccine access and equity problem?
    • COVAX facility: What is it? How does it work? What are the barriers to success?
    • What other solutions or tools exist?
  • What impact will the current global vaccine distribution plan have on the possibility of global population immunity?


  • Tahir Amin, I-MAK
  • Fatima Hassan, Health Justice Initiative
  • Gagandeep Kang, Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory, Christian Medical College
  • Moderator: Kai Kupferschmidt, Science Magazine


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