CIC - Edmonton Branch


  • Akshaya Kumar
    Akshaya Kumar

    Akshaya Kumar is the Director of Crisis Advocacy at Human Rights Watch. She oversees the organization’s advocacy response to emergencies and develops innovative strategies to respond to evolving crises.

    Akshaya Kumar joined HRW as Deputy United Nations Director in 2015 and represented the organization at UN headquarters in New York for four years. She previously worked at the Enough Project where she helped launch The Sentry, an initiative that seeks to freeze war criminals out of the international financial system. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Akshaya holds a JD from Columbia University and an LLM in human rights, conflict and justice from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She speaks Tamil, Hindi, Spanish, Arabic and English.

  • Dr Anna Banerji
    Dr Anna Banerji

    Dr Anna Banerji is an associate professor at the University of Toronto, a Harvard trained physician, and an expert on the spread of infectious diseases.

    Dr. Banerji founded the Canadian Refugee Health Conference, co-founded of the North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC), and created the inaugural Indigenous Health Conference.

    In 2014 she created the COSTI Pediatric Clinic where she screens most of the government assisted refugee children coming to Toronto. In 2016 she set up a clinic at a hotel in response to the mass resettlement of Syrian refugees and screened over 700 Syrian refugee children. Dr. Banerji has travelled extensively around the world including work in Haiti after the earthquake with the Canadian Red Cross. She has won several awards including the Order of Ontario in 2012, and in 2019 she was the recipient of the Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce Award for her advocacy with Indigenous children.

  • Dr. Peter Singer
    Dr. Peter Singer

    Dr. Peter Singer is the Special Advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organization.

    Before joining WHO, Dr. Singer co-founded and was the Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada. He also co-founded and was the Director of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, and he was also Professor of Medicine at University of Toronto.

    Dr. Singer received the Michael Smith Prize as Canada’s Health Researcher of the Year and was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to health research and bioethics, and for his dedication to improving the health of people in developing countries.

    He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Dec 07 2021
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




Dec 07 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am

Global Disparities & The COVID-19 Vaccine

 About the event:

The rapid development and deployment of a COVID-19 vaccine is an incredible accomplishment.  As of November 2021, more than 7 billion shots have been administered.

However, reports indicate that it is richer countries that are primarily benefiting – indeed, richer countries have received approx. fifty times more Covid-19 vaccine doses than some poorer countries. Countries with globally lower incomes consistently have the lowest Covid-19 vaccination rates.

As some countries begin to open up and recover from the pandemic, these global disparities in COVID-19 vaccines are meaning many around the world are being left behind. This has already let to disparities in health outcomes, discrimination in travel rules for the vaccinated from poorer countries, among others.

What are the long-term consequences of COVID-19 vaccine inequity and what can be done to move the entire world out of the pandemic? CIC Edmonton is welcoming an expert panel to discuss these issues and take your questions.