In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the development of vaccines offer hope for global health action. But the task of distributing the vaccine has multiple human rights concerns, including issues of vaccine nationalism and equitable distribution to marginalised communities. What human rights issues are raised with the process of distributing the vaccine? How much do wealth and privilege determine who gets vaccinated? Doug Becker speaks with Heather Wipfli and Joanne Lin.

Heather Wipfli is an Associate Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine and International Relations at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on international cooperation and governance approaches to improve health.

Joanne Lin is the National Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs at Amnesty International, USA.

Interview Podcast:


This interview was originally aired on the Scholars’ Circle. To access our archive of episodes and download this interview click here.

For more of our audio and visual content check out our YouTube channel, Mixcloud page, or head to the University of Auckland’s manuscripts and archives collection.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this discussion reflect the opinions of the participants and not necessarily the views of The Big Q. 

See Also:

Will a COVID-19 vaccine bring the pandemic under control? 🔊

Q+A: Will a possible new COVID vaccine mean the end of the pandemic?