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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

Forum for Global Health Ethics: Equitable Access to Covid-19 Vaccines

March 29, 2021 | 2:30pm to 4pm CET / 8:30am to 10am ET | Online

Organisers: IBME, Forum for Global Health Ethics, Swiss Medical Weekly, Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences–Argentina

Supporters: Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the World Health Summit and the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics

Chair: Nikola Biller-Andorno
Moderators: Tania Manríquez Roa and Felicitas Holzer 

At this time of the pandemic, we face the impossibility of having enough Covid-19 vaccines for everyone in the near future. While some high-income countries have launched massive Covid-19 vaccination campaigns, in many low and middle-income countries vaccination has barely started, leaving their most vulnerable groups and health care workers unprotected. Some argue that governments have the duty to give priority to its own population before helping citizens abroad; others claim that vaccines should be allocated equitably at the global level; and others hold views in between.

In this forum, we opened the floor to a discussion about the priority of values and ethical principles that should guide vaccine allocation. Experts who hold different views on equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines presented their arguments, discussed with other speakers, and answered questions from the audience.

We invite you to watch short clips of the online Forum on Equitable Access to Covid-19 Vaccines.


Welcome remarks

Poll: Who carries a responsibility to ensure that everyone worldwide has access to a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine?

Presentation of Arthur Caplan

Presentation of Jan Helge Solbakk

Presentation of Florencia Luna


Click here to read "A matter of priority: equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines", an introductory article on the topic published on the occasion of this forum.

Read a summary of the main issues discussed in the event here (PDF, 832 KB).

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Forum for Global Health Ethics Team

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