Webinar: Vaccine Equity and International Economic Law ( by Zoom on Monday, May 10, at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT)
The equitable distribution of vaccines and other medical supplies is among the most pressing challenges facing the international community today. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted severe inequality of access to medical services, both among and within countries, and unequal access to lifesaving vaccines is only the latest example. Indeed, experts estimate that, absent significant policy changes, lower-income countries may not be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 until 2024. Governments and experts today are urgently debating what policy changes are required, including the role of international trade and intellectual property law in facilitating or hindering a more equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. These debates include proposals to waive patent protection for vaccines, to pressure drug companies to voluntarily share knowledge and technology with developing countries, and to issue compulsory licenses to enable the manufacture of generics.
This panel, hosted by the ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group and the World Bank, will address the latest developments in these fast-moving debates, and chart potential paths forward. Our speakers are:
– Kholofelo Kugler, Counsel, Advisory Centre on WTO Law
– Dalindyebo Shabalala, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Dayton School of Law
– Madhavi Sunder, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs, Georgetown Law
– J. Benton Heath (Moderator), Assistant Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
The event will be held by Zoom on Monday, May 10, at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT. Each speaker will attend and speak in their personal capacity, and the views expressed are not meant to reflect those of ASIL, the Bank, or any other organization.
To register, please complete the registration form at https://miami.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mBSkWfKsSFW7Ez8ldo36xQ. The Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants.
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