COVID-19 brings about another inequality – vaccine inequality. As evidently revealed by figures of “39 million v. 25“, 39 million vaccine doses had been administered in high-income countries, low-income countries have been given only 25 doses. The Director General of the World Health Organization called this “a catastrophic moral failure”, but the reality is the failure of system and structure in our global society. One of them is the intellectual property regime. Therefore, the World Trade Organization is discussing a proposal to waive the application of part of the TRIPS Agreement. Proponents of the proposal aim at increasing the vaccine production and fair and equitable access and distribution of health technologies such as diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.
In this context, we hold a webinar by inviting two experts from international civic groups who are at the forefront of the discussions on vaccine inequality and the TRIPS waiver proposal. In the webinar we discuss the role of local civil societies. Anyone can join through the zoom link provided below.
January 26th (Tuesday), 6-8 pm KST / 9-11 am GMT).
Moderator: Heesob Nam (Knowledge Commune)
1st session: Sangeeta Shashikant (TWN)
2nd session: Hu Yuan Qiong (MSF)
* Simultaneous interpretation between English and Korean is provided.
* This webinar is co-hosted by Knowledge Commune, Korean Pharmacists for Democratic Society (KPDS), Association of Physicians for Humanism, Center for Health and Social Change (CHSC)
Sangeeta Shashikant is the coordinator of Third World Network’s Development and Intellectual Property programme. She has 15 years of research and advocacy experience in intellectual property and public policy matters in particular access to medicines. She monitors and engages with international discussions at the World Health Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization. She has authored and contributed towards several publications including Pandemic Preparedness: Creating a Fair and Equitable Influenza Virus and Benefit Sharing System; and
Dr. Hu Yuan Qiong works as Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, Policy Coordinator for the Access Campaign of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors without Borders). She is also affiliated with the Law, Environment and Development Centre at the Law School, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her expertise concerns the interactions of human rights, intellectual property, access to medicines and innovation.