Vaccines have emerged as a “new” desperately needed goods. Many believed that once a safe and effective vaccine is found, the pandemic will be over and we can return to normal life pre-COVID-19. However, will that be the case? Will vaccines be a silver bullet that will end this crisis?
Furthermore, how can we prevent the possible vaccine from being politicized? Will there be enough global political commitment to set aside national vaccine strategies? Will countries only share the vaccine with allies while abandoning vulnerable populations in adversary countries? How do we ensure fair and equal access to vaccines for the vulnerable, both in developed and developing countries?
GTH2020’s session “Vaccine for All: Utopia or a Possibility”, featuring a speech from Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organization, will discuss the challenges and issues faced by the international community to ensure an equal, fair, and comprehensive vaccine distribution for all, particularly in the wake of rising vaccine nationalism and politicization, geopolitical rivalries, and corporate politics.