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COVID Vaccination Challenges: Ethical Imperatives and Local Realities
As implementation of national and global COVID-19 vaccination campaigns moves into higher gear, there is much to learn from lived, ongoing experience of religious communities. These lessons have applications from very local to global situations, reaching from agendas of communities and congregations to the G20 leadership, placing new demands for cooperation and partnerships. Issues of equitable allocations and access, practical mechanisms to meet urgent and complex logistic challenges, communications about needs and process, and addressing doubts and fears are playing out in real time, as are relationships between government entities and religious communities. Religious roles are interwoven into each challenge, drawing on religious leaders as trusted messengers and on practical options such as offering vaccination sites.

This event will link local experience to the broader COVID-19 emergencies. It will focus on how local experience can give rise to global solutions, drawing on representative experiences in Washington, DC, and in the western United States, another base of the G20 Interfaith Forum. It builds on ongoing explorations of faith responses to the COVID-19 emergencies, highlighting the importance of faith engagement especially in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Mohamed Elsanousi, part of a U.S. nationwide interreligious coalition focused on the urgent COVID-19 vaccination campaign, will outline that effort. Sharon Eubank, who leads Latter-day Saint Charities, will highlight local dimensions of the crisis in the western United States and how this has led to links with global humanitarian operations. Close to home Berkley Center Senior Research Fellow Rev. Gerard McGlone, S.J., will speak to the experience of Georgetown's Jesuit community. The discussion will explore both emerging lessons and how they might apply globally, in a context where "no one is safe until everyone is safe." Berkley Center Senior Fellow Katherine Marshall will moderate the conversation.

Feb 24, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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