Arrangementet vil foregå på engelsk. Zoom-lenke: https://zoom.us/j/98431215663
Vaccination programmes are underway across Africa with more than half of the countries on the continent having received vaccines. More and more African countries have also started administering them. However, African countries are still significantly behind other parts of the world. Many African leaders are worried about what they call "vaccine nationalism", where Western countries have hoarded vaccines, preventing an equitable rollout.
The African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's director, Dr. John Nkengasong, has stated that Africa cannot afford to become the 'Covid continent". But what is the situation on the ground in African countries regarding vaccine access right now and what measures and policies should be implemented to ensure better health systems when the next pandemic hits? And with regards to vaccine equity, what are the responsibilities of the higher income countries to ensure an equitable distribution?
In the panel:
- Dr. Messeret Shibeshii, the Immunization Systems focal person for the WHO Regional Office for Africa’s Intercountry Support Team for East and Southern Africa, and is currently based in Harare.
- Peter Hangoma, a Postdoctoral Researcher at CMI and the University of Bergen where he evaluates the impact of health interventions/benefit packages on Welfare, Financial Risk Protection, Equity, and Health status in Ethiopia, Zanzibar, and Malawi.
Last panelist TBA!
Moderator for the event will be Hilde Hunnålvatn, adviser at the Norwegian Council for Africa.