Whose vaccine is it anyway? Category prioritisation and gender in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine

Feminist Foreign Policy Summit side event
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Online event
Open to the public
This event is free
28
March 2022
Online event

What are the persistent gender barriers that continue to shape and exacerbate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic? 

By drawing attention to the interrelation of vaccine prioritisation and gender in the global roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine, this event aims to provide a data-driven approach to understanding current vaccine inequities and the role of gender in shaping them.

The second aim is to provide actionable insights for participants, especially policy-makers and present organisations. We hope this enables stakeholders to follow-up with concrete actions to address the implications of vaccine inequity for a feminist recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The third objective is to spark health considerations within the feminist foreign policy context. The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly illustrated the interlinkages between feminism, global public health and foreign policy. Here, we hope provide an angle on the interrelation between global health, gender and foreign policy; and ultimately, push for an incorporation of global health in feminist foreign policy.

This event is co-hosted by the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker and the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CCFP) as part of the activities leading up to the Feminist Foreign Policy Summit.

Please visit the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy to attend the event on Zoom.

Programme

16:00-16:05 Introduction, Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy

16:05-16:10 Introduction, Blavatnik School of Government

16:10-16:25 Presentation by the Blavatnik School of Government on vaccine inequity

The first section seeks to introduce the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker dataset and more specifically, the vaccine policy indicators through a gender perspective. The vaccine policy indicators track vaccine availability, cover of costs and prioritisation. Here, we want to focus on how many countries prioritised pregnant people and certain occupations that are female-dominated. We also aim to provide an intersectional lens by highlighting how refugees and migrants were prioritised during the vaccination roll-outs around the world. This part of the presentation has the goal to provide an overview on vaccination roll-outs to participants – through a gender sensitive perspective. Speaker: Helen Tatlow (Blavatnik School of Government)

16:25-16:35 Presentation on vaccine inequity dashboard and findings

This section will focus on vaccine inequity. Here, we are aiming to provide an overview of key findings on global vaccine inequity developments. In particular, this section sheds light on the ways in which gender has played a role in vaccine inequity and gender disaggregated information on vaccine inequities. We also introduce the UNDP vaccine inequity dashboard as a tool to understand global trends related to vaccine (in)equities. Speaker: Teresa Martens (UNDP)

16:35-16:40 Regional perspective

During this brief intervention, we want to amplify local voices and provide local, non-Western insights into the topic of vaccine inequity. This section aims to provide a short overview on the ways in which gender has played a role in local environments that are dealing with the consequences of unequal vaccine distribution. Our aim is to have a brief insight by one of our country leads from India or Brazil.

16:40-16:50 Summary of key findings and policy recommendations

The second part of the event will be wrapped up with a brief summary of key findings on the gender dimension of vaccine inequity. The key objective of this section is to formulate concrete policy recommendations for policy-makers and/or the broader audience of the side event. Here, we also aim to highlight how a feminist foreign policy can address and help overcome key issues related to vaccine inequity. Speaker: Annalena Pott (Blavatnik School of Government)

16:50-17:00 Q&A with audience and brief closing remark.