STI Forum

ONLINE SIDE EVENT ABOUT VACCINES DURING THE STI FORUM

3 May 2021, 11:00 AM – 01:00 PM EDT

The sixth annual STI Forum will be organised by the UN interagency task team on STI for the SDGs (IATT), convened by UN-DESA and UNCTAD and the 10-Member Group of high-level representatives appointed by the Secretary General.

This online side event on 3 May, in relation to the 2021 STI Forum, is organised by Fiocruz, the International Science Council and G-STIC.

VACCINES: A CASE FOR INTEGRATING SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND POLICIES WITHIN THE PERSUIT OF SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY FOR THE SDGs

Programme and speakers

Vaccines are among the most cost-effective tools we have for preserving public health and are widely and effectively used to prevent the spread of disease. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization called upon the international scientific society to collaborate under the WHO Research and Development Blueprint, an action which established one of the most successful ever international collaborations in Science, Technology and Innovation.

As result of several institutions accepting this challenge, technologies such as the protocols which led to the development of vaccines and testing for COVID-19 were developed. Technologies which are now helping the world to overcome the current pandemic.

In contrast to this cooperative action, there is also a "War on Vaccines” going on. Fuelled by revenue competition, nationalism and geopolitical rationales which conflict with the principle of vaccines as public goods, this war sees a divergence from global solidarity and fosters the ideological and political use of social media and fake news to hinder vaccine acceptance.

In this online side event, coordinated by Paulo Gadelho (Coordinator of the Fiocruz Strategy for the 2030 Agenda), speakers will discuss the challenges vaccines have brought to Science, Technology and Innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will also share Science, Technology and Innovation insights relating to the SDGs with regard to the six entry points into the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
The science around COVID-19
  • Heide Hackmann, CEO, International Science Council
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
The vaccine in the Global South
  • Marco Krieger, Vice-President of Production and Innovation in Health, Fiocruz
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT
The politics of vaccination
  • Stuart Blume, University of Amsterdam
12:30 PM – 01:00 PM EDT
Vaccine hesitancy
  • Heidi Larson, Professor of Anthropology, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
01:00 PM – 01:30 PM EDT
Vaccine engagement among minority groups
01:30 PM – 02:00 PM EDT
The global challenge of access to vaccines
  • Mariângela Simão, Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization