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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

Event: Invitation to 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


Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the Forum for Global Health Ethics: Equitable Access to Covid-19 Vaccines, an online event organized jointly by the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME) at the University of Zurich, the Swiss Medical Weekly, and FLACSO Argentina. This forum is kindly supported by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the World Health Summit and the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics.

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 open 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 will present their arguments, discuss with other speakers, and answer questions from the audience.

Our speakers are:

The chair of the forum is Nikola Biller-Andorno, and the moderators are Tania Manríquez Roa and Felicitas Holzer (all three are members of the IBME).  
Please help us disseminate this event.

We invite you 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.

Click here to join the event, password 621417. No registration needed.

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Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Nikola Biller-Andorno
Prof. Dr. med. Adriano Aguzzi