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Reimagining Pandemic Preparedness: Making Equity a Strategic Priority
Disjointed, nationalistic efforts have largely characterized the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The failure by governments to establish an equitable, coordinated pandemic response has exacerbated global inequities. Nowhere is this more apparent than with access to COVID-19 vaccines. Despite the rapid development of life-saving vaccines, nationalism and weak global solidarity have left the most vulnerable populations behind. Given that infectious disease outbreaks will only become more common in the future with globalization and climate changes, identifying ways to ensure equity in pandemic preparedness remains more relevant and critical than ever. Join us on Thursday, April 29th from 9:00 - 10:30 AM EST for a forward-looking discussion with global experts on how we can learn from the failures of the COVID-19 pandemic response to ensure history doesn’t repeat itself.

Apr 29, 2021 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Phionah Atuhebwe
Regional New Vaccines Introduction Medical Officer @World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa
Dr. Atuhebwe is a vaccinologist and immunisation expert and a sexual and reproductive health specialist with extensive experience with project management in international public health. She is currently the Regional New Vaccines Introduction Medical Officer at the WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, where she coordinates WHO’s work to introduce and increase the uptake of new and underutilized vaccines. Dr. Atuhebwe is currently coordinating the WHO Africa COVID-19 Vaccine Readiness and Equitable Delivery Taskforce. Dr. Atuhebwe previously worked with PATH supporting the introduction of new vaccines in Africa and South East Asia. She holds a Bachelors degree in Medicine and Surgery from Mbarara University, Uganda and a Masters degree in International Public Health from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Dr. Atuhebwe is a survivor of severe COVID-19 and is an outspoken advocate for the value of COVID-19 vaccines as a critical tool for ending the COVID-19 pandemic.
Celine Gounder
CEO, President & Founder @Just Human Productions
Dr. Gounder is the CEO/President/Founder of Just Human Productions, a non-profit multimedia organization. She’s also the host and producer of American Diagnosis, a podcast on health and social justice, and Epidemic, a podcast about the SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic. From November 9, 2020 to January 20, 2021, Dr. Gounder served on the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. She is also a CNN Medical Analyst, and prior to that, was a frequent expert guest on CBS, MSNBC, CNBC, HLN, BBC, Al Jazeera America, MTV, Dr. Oz, and Oprah Prime. Dr. Gounder is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine. Dr. Gounder was the Director for Delivery for the Gates Foundation-funded Consortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/TB Epidemic. In 2017, People Magazine named her one of 25 Women Changing the World. In 2021, InStyle Magazine named her one of 50 Women Making the World a Better Place.
Rohit Malpani
Board Member @UNITAID
Rohit Malpani is a public health consultant and advocate, based in Paris, France, and represents non-governmental organisations on the Board of Unitaid through Health Action International. Previously, he was Director of Policy and Analysis at the Medecins Sans Frontieres Access Campaign, a Special Advisor to Oxfam, and a human rights advisor to the World Health Organisation. Rohit is a lawyer by training, having received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence at the New York University School of Law, and worked as a lawyer at the law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto. Rohit is from Canada and grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.