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Vaccine Allocation and Social Justice
Safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines are now potentially within reach. Yet, because of production bottlenecks and other constraints, for months, supply will not meet demand. Rationing will be inevitable, and not everyone who would like to get a vaccine will be able to receive one. A major theme in emerging policy guidance is that vaccines should be allocated in ways that reduce inequities. More concretely, vaccine allocation needs to respond directly to the fact that disadvantaged population groups—and especially racial and ethnic minorities—have been hit much harder by Covid-19 in terms of unemployment, illness and deaths compared to the white majority. How can this pressing social justice goal be accomplished, as federal and state policy makers scramble to get ready for allocation efforts that are unprecedented in their logistical complexity?

To advance debate and planning at the national (rather than the global level) policy makers, public health workers, community leaders, activists, researchers, reporters and the general public are invited to hear from leading experts about concrete steps that can be taken instantly to dramatically improve the chances of equitable vaccine allocation. A particular focus is on ensuring that the needs of vulnerable groups whose communities often experienced—and experience—structural racism and other forms of systemic injustice are central, rather than, as too often in the past, peripheral.

DECEMBER 4, 2020

Practical, legal and ethical ways of allocating vaccines equitably using novel approaches: an overview
10:30-11:55am EST

Addressing Challenges in Distribution and Uptake
12-1pm EST

Implementing equity: A deeper dive into how to make justice work in the real world
1:05-2:30pm EST

DECEMBER 9, 2020

Social justice and domestic vaccine allocation: Perspectives from a global advisory committee, funding body, and low- middle- and high-income countries
9-11am EST

A link to the event agenda and website will be posted soon.

Dec 4, 2020 10:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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