November 16: Victorian Global Citizens: Solidarity in (and out of) a Pandemic
Anita Ho, Associate Professor, Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia
After a slow start to the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, more than 75% of Canadians have now received at least 1 vaccine dose, compared to just over 3% of people in low-income countries. As various wealthy nations start planning for booster doses, how should we think about ongoing disparities that will likely have intergenerational impact? The pandemic has highlighted how we are globally connected but unequally affected by virtue of our policies and practices. Should local and national governments focus on their own populations in their pandemic response, even if that means others will be left behind by design? Using different examples, this session will look at how taking solidarity seriously may be the only way to interrupt the disparity pathway and get all of us out of the pandemic.