Webinar Series Will Explore Global Challenges in Distributing COVID Vaccines

Experts from around the world to discuss issues related to vaccine equity, allocation and confidence.

Global Challenges and the Covid Vaccine

By Shivani Surati

Published January 13, 2021, last updated on April 27, 2021 under Around DGHI

The development of safe and effective vaccines to protect against COVID-19 offers the brightest hope of ending a pandemic that has dramatically impacted the world. But many questions remain about how vaccines will be allocated, distributed, administered and accepted in countries of all income levels.

To explore global perspectives on these questions, the Duke Global Health Institute is hosting a monthly webinar series titled “Global Challenges and the COVID Vaccine,” beginning with an examination of vaccine equity on Jan. 19. 

The five webinars will take place on the third Tuesday of each month through May and will feature experts from Duke and global institutions who will share the latest knowledge and analysis of COVID vaccine allocation and distribution. All are scheduled from 8-9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time to be most convenient to a global audience. 

The first webinar, on Jan. 19, features international experts including Dr Ahmed Ogwell, the deputy director at the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention; Rajeev Sadanandan, the CEO of Health System Transformation Platform in New Delhi, India; and Dr. Patty J. García, professor at the School of Public Health at Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH) in Lima, Peru. Dr. Krishna Udayakumar, founding director of the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, will lead panelists in exploring questions about global vaccine allocation through COVAX and other channels, as well as country readiness for vaccine administration.

The second webinar in the series is Feb. 23 and is focused on vaccine hesitancy. Achieving widespread coverage of COVID-19 vaccines is critical for pandemic control. Yet misinformation and concerns about the safety of these new vaccines have given rise to reluctance among many people to be vaccinated. In this webinar, we will unpack the history and drivers of vaccine hesitancy and discuss strategies to overcome vaccine concerns, including lessons learned from past disease eradication efforts. 

Future webinars will address evolving challenges in the global campaign to distribute COVID vaccines and end the pandemic. 

The webinar series is free and open to everyone, but registration is required. Details on each webinar, including panelist biographies, will be posted on the Duke Global Health Institute events calendar. 







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