A People’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Friday, April 16
11:00AM-12:15PM EDT

Watch a Recording of the Event


Dr. Raj Shah

President, The Rockefeller Foundation

Representative Barbara Lee

U.S. Representative (CA-13)

Ms. Winnie Byanyima
Executive Director, UNAIDS

Dr. Chelsea Clinton
Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Ms. Abby Maxman
President and CEO, Oxfam America

Moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Calls for a “People’s Vaccine” for COVID-19 are growing but have not yet been matched by needed resources or urgent action. The economic impact of inequitable vaccine access is being felt everywhere, and could cost over $9 trillion—with half of those losses in rich countries. Women and girls the world over have suffered disproportionately.

Thought leaders across policy, public health, and civil society joined together to assess current challenges in vaccine distribution and shared key recommendations for a more equitable COVID-19 response moving forward. The event featured an Open Letter to President Biden, signed by 200+ key stakeholders, calling for an equitable vaccine distribution as a medical necessity, economic priority, and moral imperative.

Hosted by The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and Oxfam America.