As we have seen with HIV, and as we now see with Covid-19, epidemics affect everyone, but they do not affect everyone equally. To fight this virus, we have to fight inequality because pandemics feed on and widen inequalities. There is real fear that if a vaccine is developed, it may not be affordable or available for poor parts of world.That is why we are calling on all governments to unite behind a people’s vaccine to protect all of humanity.
A PEOPLE'S VACCINE...
UNAIDS is warning that we're seeing 'vaccine nationalism' that could prevent poor countries from accessing the COVID vaccine. We, along with others, join the call for waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments until everyone is protected. We must have a #PeoplesVaccine, not a profit vaccine.
Highlights of the Interactive Multi-Stakeholder Hearing on HIV/AIDS
The General Assembly requested the President of the General Assembly to organize and preside over an interactive multi-stakeholder hearing as part of the preparatory process for the HLM, with support from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, and with the participation of people living with, at risk of and affected by HIV, including key populations, representatives of Member States and observers of the General Assembly, parliamentarians, representatives of local governments, invited civil society organizations, including non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, philanthropic foundations, academia, medical associations, the private sector and broader communities.
HOW TO REACH THE MOST VULNERABLE?
If people need to hide then they often miss out on health services. REVS PLUS/Coalition PLUS started offering HIV testing by going to sex worker sites in Burkina Faso. They also built trust among the community to tackle another problem. Music courtesy: mobygratis.