Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC Executive Secretary, warned of the seriousness of living in “a world with islands of immunity and solidarity deficits”. Bárcena shared that ECLAC and CELAC are leading a regional platform for the production of vaccines from the region and invited UNESCO to participate in it. She agreed with Ramos that “the region has to move towards greater self-sufficiency in vaccines and medicines, with regional coordination mechanisms.”
During her intervention, Soledad García Muñoz, made a call to consider prioritization criteria in vaccination based on human rights. “The pandemic demonstrates the levels of inequality and structural discrimination in our region”. In accordance with the UNESCO document, she encouraged prioritizing populations traditionally excluded and discriminated against and who have not yet been vaccinated.
Lidia Brito closed the event, highlighting the importance of generating more evidence on the vaccination situation in the region, and the need to make more investment in science and technology for the potential development of vaccines in LAC countries.
With the publication of this report, UNESCO calls for considering the vaccine as a universal public good and ensuring its equitable, affordable and timely access. In addition, it insists on redoubling scientific and technological cooperation to accelerate the production of vaccines and thus guarantee access to the largest number of people in the shortest possible time.