Tom Wolfe, IAMSCU President, affirmed that educational institutions can enrich the choir of voices affirming the importance of vaccine equity. In his view, these institutions can also provide education about vaccination as well as support the logistics for the rollout of vaccines in various locations where their expertise, trust, and resources could be made available. Therefore, he is calling the “IAMSCU Consultation on Vaccine Equity” which will involve global partners from Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America.
We recently completed one year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to be a global pandemic. Since then, educational institutions, churches, and communities have suffered the impact of this public health crisis and prepared themselves for a post-pandemic world. The successful development, acquisition, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines has brought hope that this pandemic will soon come to an end. However, problems such as vaccine nationalism, vaccine diplomacy, and especially vaccine inequities may hinder a positive outcome. Therefore, IAMSCU is partnering with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the Ecumenical Consultation for Resuming Care-Filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic, and Candler School of Theology at Emory University to host a virtual “Consultation on Vaccine Equity” on May 4, 2021.
The Consultation is being organized according to three dimensions: Listening to ar global voices who will help us map and understand the various contextual situations worldwide; jointly draft and issue the “IAMSCU Declaration on Vaccine Equity,” a programmatic statement to promote awareness about these issues; and help promote local actions in various countries and regions, as we support our member institutions in their implementation of the values proposed in the declaration. For information on the Consultation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org