Blog: Vaccines

A webinar series: Routine Immunisation Services amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

24 May 2022

When the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 brought the world to a standstill in 2020, immunisation programmes worldwide were disrupted like almost every other health programme. The disruption was mainly due to the understandable diversion of resources to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic as well as mobility restrictions stopping people from accessing healthcare or health workers reaching out to populations that are marginalised.

After over two years of the pandemic and ongoing efforts to...

Immunization, health and poverty: a look at our vaccine-related advocacy

25 April 2022

Co-authored by Vinny Wooding, Chhavi Bansal, Harry Bignell and Ruthie Walters

During World Immunization Week (24-30 April), people around the world come together to highlight the importance of vaccines and how they protect us against diseases. So, for World Immunisation Week, at RESULTS, we have reflected on the advocacy we’re doing around vaccines, why it’s important, and what it’s got to do with an end to poverty.

Put simply,...

February Grassroots Conference Call

2 February 2022

Our 2022 February conference call provided great insight into the world of vaccine development. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is a global partnership to accelerate the development of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases and to enable equitable access to these vaccines during outbreaks. This was a new topic for a lot of our Grassroots network, and is often a topic which is shrouded in...

Parliament debates how to ensure equitable access to vaccines

14 January 2022

At the outset of the new year, a cross-party group of MP gathered at a backbench business debate in Westminster Hall to discuss global access to vaccines, and the UK Government’s part in the international response to-date .

14 Jan 2022

“It is time that the Government gives clarity as to how it will play a leading role in ending the pandemic globally. Boris Johnson says he wants us to be ‘Global Britain’. Well, now it is time to step up to the...

January Grassroots Conference Call

11 January 2022

In the first conference call of 2022, we had an overview of what's going on in the world of international development in the UK, and what opportunities are coming up for RESULTS campaigners this year to help overcome poverty and injustice. The main topic of the call this month was polio eradication, and the need for the UK commits to funding the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). We heard from Sona Bari, external relations coordinator for polio eradication at the World Health...

Prejudices and Privileges: how can we explain the terrible vaccine inequity of the COVID-19 response?

13 December 2021

With the World Health Organization’s (WHO) target of 40% COVID-19 vaccine coverage in every country by the end of 2021 looming and the world being completely off-course from achieving it, this blog analyses some of the decisions and factors that underpin our current state of inequitable access to COVID-19 tools, including vaccines and treatments. ...

August Grassroots Conference Call

3 August 2021

The topic of this month's call was the work of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance , and why the UK must honour its pledges to global health funds despite the cuts to the Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget. We were delighted to welcome Dr. Chizoba Wonodi as guest speaker to the call and hear about the work of Gavi and the impact it makes. Dr. Wonodi is a public...

The world was a very different place 100 years ago

12 July 2021

In 1921, we were recovering from a major flu pandemic and the First World War. Telephones were still a rarity, and those that did exist were clunky, static and expensive. We were still five years away from the world’s first television screening and Charlie Chaplin had just released his first full-length film. 1921 was also the year in which the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine – more commonly known as the BCG – was first used...

July Grassroots Conference Call

6 July 2021

Our July conference call addressed the topic of COVID-19 Vaccine inequity. We discussed the necessity for countries with excess vaccines to urgently share doses with countries facing barriers to accessing vaccines.

Our expert guest speaker, Waiswa Nkwanga, Senior Associate at the ACTION Global Health Partnership , answered questions about why the dose sharing announcements made...

June Grassroots Conference Call: COVID-19 Vaccinations for All

2 June 2021

On Tuesday 2 June, over 35 RESULTS UK grassroots advocates from all over the country (and internationaly!) joined our monthly conference call. It was the start of National Volunteers Week so we began the call with a big thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who give up their time to take action to end global poverty. We had a roundup of updates about previous monthly actions, campaigns and events that have happened across the network.

We then turned to the topic of the June...

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