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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

Covid19: IBME and FLACSO Argentina collaborate on project funded by the World Health Organization

Prof Nikola Biller-Andorno (IBME), Dr Florencia Luna, head of the bioethics program at FLACSO Argentina, and Dr Felicitas Holzer, a Stehr-Boldt fellow at IBME, obtained a research grant in response to a WHO call on Ethics of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response. The project seeks to address the challenges to global equitable COVID-19 vaccine access through the COVAX facility, a global risk-sharing mechanism for pooled procurement and fair distribution of future COVID-19 vaccines. The researchers will specifically explore how both high and middle-income countries realize cooperation with COVAX, having to juggle commitments to their national populations as well as to global fair vaccine allocation. The project includes case analyses of Argentina, Peru, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, and Germany.