During World Immunization Week 2021, the International Vaccine Access Center, Shot@Life, and MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership will co-host a panel event to highlight how the COVID-19 [pandemic has exposed and exacerbated global health inequities, and how the new Immunization Agenda 2030 Framework for Action charts a path to equitable immunization coverage for everyone.
Over the past decade, much progress has been made towards increasing routine immunization for children, but many challenges remain.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a massive toll on the world, it is time to look not just at the challenges but also at the opportunities. Now is the time to energize a global movement and collective accountability to make vaccines equitably accessible to everyone. The Immunization Agenda 2030 creates a clear vision of a world where everyone, everywhere, at every age fully benefits from vaccines for good health and well-being. Diseases do not respect borders; neither should our fight for full global immunization.
Our esteemed panel of advocates and immunization experts do a deep dive into what it will take to make that vision a reality in the next decade: How will gaps in immunization coverage and equity be addressed, especially among marginalized and disadvantaged groups in low- and middle-income countries? How will immunization systems identify children who have never been vaccinated, ensuring they don’t miss out on protection from deadly disease?
Moderated by Cynthia Gorney, National Geographic Magazine
Ann Lindstrand, Unit Head of the EPI and the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals at WHO
Chizoba Wonodi, Immunization Director for USAID's MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership project, and Nigeria Country Director at IVAC
Martha Rebour, ED of the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign
Lubna Hashmat, CEO of the Civil Society Human and Institutional Development Programme