GCAP organised this webinar on 25 May 2021 with more than 100 participants from 40 countries with esteemed keynote speaker Professor Jayati Ghosh from the University of Massachusetts
“If the dangerous trend of vaccine nationalism & hoarding in wealthier countries continues, it could delay a global recovery. We must ensure that vaccines are available & affordable to all as soon as possible.” Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General on April 5, 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed an unending onslaught on the humanity. The world has seen 3.33 million deaths due to the Coronavirus till date (May 12) and many more have died due to hunger owing to the lockdowns and shutdowns. The countries are in 2nd, 3rd and even perceivably 4th waves of COVID-19. The governments in most cases have not been able to prevent some avoidable deaths in face of the colossal challenge thrown by the pandemic. Vaccine now comes as a ray of hope for the humanity to save itself from the deadly virus.
Most of the countries now have started vaccination. Starting from the UK on December 8, 2020, vaccination has been undertaken by several countries. According to Bloomberg, more than 1.34 billion doses of vaccines have been administered in 175 countries till May 12. Currently about 8.7 percent of the global population have been fully vaccinated and the latest per day rate of vaccination is 21.6 million doses per day.
The flyer of the event can be found below.