Open letter to the Government of Canada: Equitable access to Covid-19 vaccine

The Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, along with the Canadian Society for International Health, the People’s Health Movement Canada, and Grandmothers Advocacy Network call on the Government of Canada to ensure equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine and other COVID-related products.

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Dear Honourable Ministers Ng, Bains, and Hadju, Mr. de Boer, and the Right Honourable Prime Minister Trudeau (c/o policy and cabinet affairs),

The global health research community in Canada involves a network of researchers/scientists, leaders, health professionals, and students who do research and practice in global and public health and are well positioned to examine evidence- and equity-informed pathways toward global recovery from this pandemic.

Attached is an open letter, signed by 120 leaders in global and public health from across Canada, including endorsement from leadership of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, the Canadian Society for International Health, the People’s Health Movement Canada, and Grandmothers’ Network; and representation from coast-to-coast. Recognizing the desire to enable Canadians’ access to vaccine as rapidly as possible, we urge your attention to the risks posed to both Canadians and the world if efforts to ensure equitable global access to vaccine (and other COVID-related products) are not accelerated. We applaud this government’s previous efforts to be a voice for equity and human rights in global governance forums responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian contributions to COVAX are commendable, and making a significant difference on the global stage. This is a pivotal time for Canada to extend its leadership for equity so that these contributions can meaningfully contribute to collective efforts to move beyond the pandemic.

On behalf of this network, and in my role as a nominated leader within the global health research community in Canada, I humbly submit this letter for your consideration. I will gladly receive any responses on behalf of signatories, bringing them back to this network of leaders in global and public health through our established networks, and supporting dialogue or engagement, in whatever ways might serve this government well.

Wishing you all a good week, and with gratitude for your service and leadership,

Dr. Katrina Plamondon, PhD RN
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
The University of British Columbia
Co-Chair, University Advisory Council, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research

Open Letter to Government of Canada: Equitable Access to Covid-19 Vaccine