Global Business Ethics and COVID Vaccines

The event will explore lessons for the global governance of COVID-19 vaccines and how the pharmaceutical industry can act ethically in the absence of international intellectual property reform.

This event explores the ethics of COVID-19 vaccines and draws lessons for the future of the pharmaceutical industry.

Hosted by RMIT’s Business and Human Rights Centre, this forum brings together global experts in vaccines and clinical trials to explore lessons for the global governance of vaccines and how the pharmaceutical industry can act ethically in the absence of international intellectual property reform.

The rapid rate of COVID-19 vaccine development and distribution is nothing short of miraculous. More than 5.6 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, equal to 73 doses for every 100 people. Yet, distribution has been marred by inequality. While some countries reached a vaccination rate that allowed citizens to resume something close to normal life in relative safety at the start of 2021, 24 countries are yet to vaccinate 1% of the population in September 2021.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.