African Union (AU)
AU WILL NOT BE RUNNING AT JAMUN VIII. WHY?
Chairs: Pravit Kochar & Vidhi Bansal
Moderator: Beatrice Song
Chair Emails: email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
Topic: Access to Vaccines in Africa
The United Nation’s Third Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) is to “ensure healthy lives and promote well being for all at all ages.” Despite increasing global vaccination coverage and uptake, African countries are still lagging behind. This is a major problem because vaccination has helped eliminate and control life threatening diseases such as malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed Africa’s vulnerabilities in ensuring access to vaccines as only 7% of the population is vaccinated, compared to the 28% in lower middle income countries. Delegates must work together to create a sustainable plan to improve access to vaccination that addresses vaccine hesitation, vaccine supply, political instabilities disrupting vaccination programs, distance and geographical location, and economic factors.