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Will the COVID-19 vaccine ever reach forcibly displaced populations?
Efforts are underway to accelerate the development and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, with the emphasis so far being on highlighting equity in distribution among countries. While COVID-19 has disproportionately greater impact on certain populations, including forcibly displaced populations, it is often politically untenable to say that this group should be given priority when it comes to planning of vaccination campaigns. Seroprevalence studies show suboptimal immunity to various vaccine preventable diseases among refugees, and lower vaccination coverage of these groups compared with local host populations has also been observed. In addition, there are specific barriers—informal (language, access to information and culture) and economic and administrative that prevent them from spontaneously accessing immunization campaigns. What does this mean for the COVID-19 vaccine reaching forcibly displaced populations? How can access be guaranteed? What are the ethical issues? How will logistics be dealt with in humanitarian settings?

The READY initiative, the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Health at University of Geneva, and the Center for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, are pleased to announce a relaunch of the COVID-19 & Humanitarian Settings: Exploring the Controversial Issues webinar series. Now occurring monthly, these webinars will feature a series of panels examining some of the controversial and underexplored issues affecting the COVID-19 pandemic in humanitarian settings. Each panel will welcome experts from across the sector and around the globe.

You can also view previous webinar recordings by visiting READY's website at www.ready-initiative.org

Dec 9, 2020 08:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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