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Priority Groups for COVID‑19 Vaccinations

Posted by nte on February 11, 2021 in In Action
Photo Credit: Brocher Foundation
Photo Credit: Brocher Foundation

11 February | Françoise Baylis (4pm, Geneva time zone)

Priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination: Ethics, policy and practice in select jurisdictions

Vaccine distribution, part of the response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, is a significant ethical challenge – both between and within countries. The rights and wrongs of global vaccine distribution have been debated and as the Director-general of WHO warns, we are on the brink of “catastrophic moral failure” as rich countries continue to hoard vaccines. Against this backdrop of unethical vaccine nationalism, this panel looks at different vaccine distribution policies and practices within countries. Are they just? For example, should health care providers come before or after residents of long-term care facilities? Should school teachers receive vaccines as part of the initial vaccine rollout? What priority should be given to Indigenous peoples?

Link to register: Registration page

Prof. Françoise Baylis – University Research Professor – Dalhousie University

Dr Gaia Barazzetti – Senior Researcher – The ColLaboratory – Participatory, collaboratory and action-research unit, University of Lausanne, and Institute of Humanities in Medicine (IHM), UNIL-CHUV

Prof. Angus Clarke – Prof. and Honorary Consultant in Clinical Genetics, Cardiff University

Prof. Bjorn Hofmann – Department for the health sciences at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology & Center for Medical Ethics at the University of Oslo 

Mr. Jan-Eerik Leppänen – Planning, Evaluation and Learning Specialist, Felm NGO (based in Finland and Hong Kong)