“Vaccine injustice is an existential challenge for global health today”
Kampala Declaration with 15 signatories from six countries urges for COVID-19 vaccine equity
The World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Uganda ended with clear demands and a powerful message of international collaboration beyond political and geographical borders:
The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, together with the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, several ministers from Africa, scientists from six countries and the President of the World Health Summit, Axel R. Pries signed the Kampala Declaration on COVID-19 Vaccine Equity.
The 15 signatories of the declaration urge political leaders, international agencies and organizations, the civil society and industry, to strive for more equity in COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution.
World Health Summit President Prof. Dr. Axel R. Pries calls on Europe to ensure a fair sharing system for vaccines: „It is against international solidarity to secure and use most available vaccine doses on a national level. Besides the humanitarian aspect, it is also very unwise from an epidemiological perspective and harms the geopolitical role of democratic states.”
Main points of the Kampala Declaration:
• Significant disparities are obvious. High-income countries, representing about 20 percent of the global adult population, hold over half of the doses globally available (almost five billion), enough to vaccinate twice their populations. In contrast, the low- and middle-income countries are left behind, not allowing them to adequately protect their inhabitants.
• Vaccine injustice is an existential challenge for global health today. It divides the world between those that have access to vaccines and those who do not. It also increases the risk for the development of more aggressive virus mutations and jet another pandemic wave. There is no time to lose. Fast and effective measures are needed to tackle the present situation and to increase preparedness for the future.
• This crisis reminds us to foster the spirit of collaboration, solidarity and cooperation, instead of practicing vaccine egoism and nationalism. We need to transform Universal Health Coverage to include universal health preparedness, prevention, and universal health solidarity.
Read the Kampala Declaration here: https://www.worldhealthsummit.org/media/publications.html#c112249
The World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Uganda from June 27–30 was organized by Makerere University in Kampala and was one of the most important events of its kind in Africa: It brought together experts from around the world and especially many African countries to discuss the core issue COVID-19 and many other topics of great importance for global health and for health in Africa in particular.
The World Health Summit Regional Meeting takes place every year in different parts of the world in addition to the annual World Health Summit in Berlin and brings regional topics to the forefront. Each Regional Meeting is hosted by the M8 Alliance member holding the World Health Summit International Presidency, which rotates every year.
The M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies is the academic foundation of the World Health Summit. It is a growing network and currently consists of 30 members in 20 countries, including the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), which represents the national academies of medicine and science in 130 countries.
The World Health Summit is one of the world’s leading strategic forums for global health. Under the traditional patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Health Summit brings together leading international experts from science, politics, industry and civil society. Every October, more than 300 speakers and 6,000 participants come together in Berlin and online. Topics include strategies for improving global healthcare and prevention, digitization, climate change and health, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The World Health Summit 2021 will take place from October 24-26. Speakers already confirmed include EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Charité virologist Christian Drosten and UNICEF Director Henrietta Fore.
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