Policy Update

International leaders urge global community to guarantee equal access to COVID-19 vaccines

Leaders of Canada, Ethiopia, South Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and Tunisia published an opinion piece on the Washington Post to highlight the importance of guaranteeing equal access to COVID-19 vaccines globally.

In the piece, the leaders noted that while COVID-19 has affected every part of the world, it has had a more significant impact on vulnerable groups. The op-ed remarks that the development of COVID-19 vaccines will be crucial for achieving the SDGs, including SDG 3, which focuses on healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages. However, the leaders posit this will require global cooperation on not just resources, but also on the manufacturing and distribution of the vaccines. Also, it will be beneficial for all countries if there is a managed flow of vaccines to partner countries.

The leaders also stressed their support for global initiatives and international organizations to secure COVID-19 vaccines such as the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility, the World Health Organisation, Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), and the International Vaccine Institute (IVI). Lastly, the leaders urged other global leaders to join the effort of ensuring equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines based on the spirit of greater freedom for all.

Op-ed – The Washington Post