COVID-19 Vaccination: A Question about Global Equity in Health
Dec 8, 2020
COVID-19 has had no respect for borders!
Vaccines against COVID-19 will be a scarce good, at least for some time ahead. Therefore, both in order to achieve the best possible population effect and to ensure that unequal distribution of the vaccines shall not exacerbate the existing skewed distribution of the burden of this disease, thorough elaboration of the implementation strategies for vaccination programmes must be considered.
A global programme is necessary to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control and to ensure that the devastating effects of the pandemic can be minimised, particularly taking differences in health status into account.
Our member the Norwegian Public Health Association has sent a letter and asked the Norwegian government to make clear, to local and regional authorities, health personnel and the population in general, that it is not enough to aim vaccination at the protection of the nation’s own population.
The letter is available in Norwegian and English.