Global inequity in COVID-19 vaccination 

Co hosted with Access to Medicines Ireland, SafetyNet Primary Care, Oxfam Ireland and Concern Worldwide

  • Date:  Friday -March 19th, 2021
  • Time: 1-2 pm Irish Time
  • Passcode to enter event: 00000


The fundamentals of Covid-19 vaccine access and supply globally – and reaching the most vulnerable, will be the focus of this webinar. In recent weeks, the debate has been shifting along ideological lines from one of equity to one of charity, in terms of rich countries “donating” vaccines to poorer countries.  Ongoing outbreaks of new variants of COVID-19 worldwide mean greater risk to all countries irrespective of the success of vaccine rollout programmes for individual countries. The need to address artificial vaccine scarcity is crucial in light of the hoarding by rich countries in some cases of two to five times the volumes needed for national programmes.

It is time to show global solidarity and accelerate vaccine development to increase supplies for all countries. It is crucial that rich nations support initiatives such as the World Trade Organization waiver and the World Health Organization Covid-19 Technology Access Pool to correct the imbalance of supply between the rich and poor. But it is equally important that outcomes in which vaccines are shared or donated are tied to fair pricing and accountability measures, and do not have damaging conditionalities attached.

Topics for Discussion:

In this webinar, we discuss the vaccine landscape worldwide for the most vulnerable: What does the future hold? Who will lead on the equitable roll out of vaccines worldwide? What must be done to avoid the mistakes of the past? What provisions are in place to ensure we do not leave the marginalised behind?


  • Nadine Ferris France, Executive Director, Irish Global Health Network
  • Nor Nasib, Finance Officer, Irish Global Health Network

Speakers (More TBC)

  • Dr Aisling McMahon is an Assistant Professor of Law at Maynooth University where she specialises in medical and intellectual property law. Her work is particularly interested in the role of patents within the health context, including the impacts patents can have on access to, and delivery of healthcare. Aisling has published widely within the leading international peer reviewed medical and intellectual property journals, including in the: Journal of Medical Ethics, Medical Law Review, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics,  and the Intellectual Property Quarterly. She is a member of Access to Medicines Ireland. 
  • Peter Kamalingin B.L – Pan Africa Program Director, Oxfam International He is a Ugandan with 20 years’ experience in social justice struggles, development Policy analysis, humanitarian planning & Conflict management. A practicing farmer in eastern Uganda, he also promotes pan African narratives and perspective to development many of which he has represented in various regional and international fora. Peter holds an MA in International Relations (UoN, Nairobi), MA Peace & Conflict Studies (EPU, Austria), BA Political Science & Public Administration (MUK, Kampala). His favorite pastime is keeping bees, tending to nature and building people relations.
  • Dr Fiona O’Reilly – is CEO of Safetynet Primary Care. Fiona has devoted her career over the past 3 decades to working in the health care area, both nationally and internationally – with a focus on and passion for achieving health equity for all and bringing humanitarianism home. She has led the organisation to adapt and change to respond to the Covid crisis to protect the heath of marginalised groups and particularly those living in congregated settings. ​Fiona is also a founding director of the Emergency Nutrition Network (   
  • Breda Gahan – is a Registered General Nurse (RGN) and Midwife (RM) in Ireland, with a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and 30+ years field experience in Health and HIV work in various countries with Concern including Iraq (pre-Concern 2 yrs), Sudan (2 yrs), Cambodia (3 yrs) and Mozambique (3 yrs). Breda began working in HIV and AIDS as a nurse in St James’s Hospital in Dublin in the late 1980’s. She is currently Senior Health and HIV Adviser at Concern Worldwide leading on maternal, child health, and health systems support with Concern field teams.


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