Access in Africa: A Roundtable on Global Equity and Covid-19 Vaccines
Africa is a continent made up of 54 countries that are home to 1.2 billion people. It has documented at least 1.8 million cases of Covid-19 and over 44,000 deaths, both of which may be undercounts due to limited testing. Just as damaging have been lockdowns and restrictions on trade that have impacted the economy and supply chains. Nations in Africa will also need a vaccine in order to end this worldwide crisis, but the continent often lacks the funding, infrastructure, and international investment needed to manufacture and distribute such drugs on its own. Past patterns of neglect raise fears that African citizens will once again be left behind as those in the West are immunized.
This roundtable will bring together four African experts to explore vaccine equity and questions of access in Africa. Vaccines are arriving, but who will they help most?
Date: December 4, 2020
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am ET
Dr. Solomon Memire is the director of the Addis Center for Ethics and Priority Setting, an adjunct professor at Addis Ababa University, and a member of several advisory groups at the Ministry of Health Ethiopia. He is a medical doctor and also holds a PhD in Public Health and Health economics from the University of Bergen. In 2016-17, he was a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Keymanthri Moodley is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at Stellenbosch University. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is a specialist family physician, bioethicist and has served as a Principal Investigator on clinical trials. She has worked with the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health in the United States and many other partners.
Dr. Nicaise Ndembi is Director of Laboratory Research at the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHV-Nigeria) and Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention at the IHV of University of Maryland School of Medicine. HE received his PhD in Virology at Kanazawa University, Japan.
Akhona Tshangela is the Programme Manager for Mortality Surveillance at Africa CDC. She completed her Master’s of Public Health in field epidemiology from the University of Pretoria.Register