Decolonizing COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

A report prepared for the World Health Organization's Health Ethics and Governance Unit and the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Ethics Network.

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This report offers concrete strategies to operationalize a decolonized approach to COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

WHO should support the creation of vaccine communication tools for Indigenous communities

COVID-19 in March 2021

The WHO declared the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Despite over 448 million vaccine doses administered globally, there was significant unfairness in the distribution of vaccines. Marginalized populations such as migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, stateless individuals, internally displaced people, and Indigenous Peoples faced the risk of being deprioritized or excluded from vaccination campaigns once the vaccines reached their respective countries.

WHO should champion a people-centred approach to distributive justice

Prioritizing Indigenous Peoples

In the past, public health measures have been used to advance colonial ambitions. By adopting a decolonized approach, the response to the pandemic can contribute to reconciliation, promote justice, reduce inequality, and enhance the well-being of Indigenous Peoples during and after the pandemic

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