Vaccine Distribution: Ethics and Human Rights Considerations

The largest vaccine distribution campaign in history is underway – yet the rate of vaccination and decisions on when certain population groups will receive the vaccine vary greatly across the globe. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) hosted a discussion on the ethical and human rights considerations of vaccine distribution and the importance of vaccine uptake given vaccine hesitancy, particularly among certain populations.

The conversation was moderated by Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, the Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights and professor of epidemiology, international health, health, behavior and society, nursing, and medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also is director of the Johns Hopkins HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Science Training Program, and is a member of PHR’s Advisory Council. Beyrer serves as senior scientific liaison to the COVID-19 Prevention Network, established by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Featured panelists:

  • Marine Buissonnière, MPP is a practitioner and researcher on global health and humanitarian action. She serves as senior advisor to the Prevent Epidemics team at Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL) and co-chairs Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Transformational Investment Capacity.
  • Ruth R. Faden, PhD, MPH is the founder of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.
  • Ali H. Mokdad, PhD is the chief strategy officer for population health at the University of Washington and a professor of health metrics sciences.
  • David R. Wilson, PhD is the first director of the Tribal Health Research Office at the National Institutes of Health.

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