An online consultation on ‘Towards Vaccine Equity amidst COVID-19 Surge in Asia’ will be organised and facilitated by the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), on 20 July 2021 from 12:00 to 16:30 (12 PM to 4:30 PM) Bangkok (Thailand) time.
The CCA will organise this online consultation in order to understand various challenges in increasing access to vaccines for people in Asia and also to understand the role of faith-based organisations in advocating for vaccine equity.
Internationally renowned experts, representatives from the UN, public health experts, social activists, and leaders of faith-based organisations will lead the sessions.
Stating the objectives of the consultation, CCA General Secretary Dr Mathews George Chunakara said that the ongoing policy of most developed nations which promotes inequitable vaccine distribution was actually leaving millions of people vulnerable to the virus, especially in developing nations.
“The competition for the procurement of vaccines by the rich countries is solely responsible for promoting ‘vaccine nationalism’ and inequity at the expense of the poor in less-developed countries; the consultation will look into some of these challenges,” explained the CCA General Secretary.
Asian countries are at a crossroads and are experiencing precarious circumstances concerning public vaccination. The availability of vaccines for all sectors of the population and the trust of the public in vaccination have hindered the outreach of COVID-19 vaccines to a large extent in Asia. Many Asian countries continue to have fragile public health systems as well as a lack of basic medical care facilities and under-resourced hospitals.
The global COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing devastation warrant a context to assess the situation of ensuring equitable healthcare and access to affordable high-quality services with strong commitments from all stakeholders.
The registrations are now open for the online consultation here:
For more information, please refer to the Background Information note below:
Background Information Note – CCA Consultation on COVID-19 Vaccine Equity in Asia