Reducing inequality has no easy answers

On March 11, 2021 a coalition of healthcare advocacy community organizations gathered outside Pfizer Worldwide Headquarters in Manhattan to call on the Biden administration to push pharmaceutical companies to commit to equitable global gaccine distribution and help end the pandemic everywhere by supporting the waiver of the World Trade Organization’s monopoly protections for Big Pharma and the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool and to ensure an equitable vaccine distribution throughout the world. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Sipa USA)No Use Germany.

In this fourteenth interview of the “17 Rooms” podcast, Martín Abregú and Elizabeth Sidiropoulos discuss how COVID-19 vaccine inequity could be improved globally and how it reveals the underlying issues of global inequality more broadly. Abregu, vice president for International Programs at the Ford Foundation and Sidiropoulos, CEO at the South African Institute of International Affairs, moderated Room 10 focused on Sustainable Development Goal number 10—on reducing inequalitiesduring the 2021 17 Rooms flagship process.

“17 Rooms” is a podcast about actions, insights, and community for the Sustainable Development Goals and the people driving them. The podcast is co-hosted by John McArthur—senior fellow and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at The Brookings Institution, and Zia Khan—senior vice president for innovation at The Rockefeller Foundation.

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