Ep. 9 COVID-19 vaccination, the social justice challenge of our time

The vaccine has arrived and it’s complex. It’s been said before this pandemic has merely revealed social justice issues that have been with us for years and perhaps it is the vaccine and its roll-out that reveals these issues to their very core. Who gets the vaccine first? How do countries in the global South respond to the fact that countries in the global North have been acquiring five times the number of vaccines they need? While governments more locally struggle to get enough for even one vaccine per person. And will people even take the vaccine given the chance?
In this episode’s feature story, podcast host Kentse Radebe catches up with Professor Leslie London, Chair of Public Health Medicine in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town and Katusha de Villiers, Health Systems Innovation portfolio lead at the Bertha Centre. Health and specifically public health is in the spotlight. Against the backdrop of conspiracy theories and a general public mistrust, how do we navigate the ever-changing landscape of this pandemic and the vaccine? What are the social implications and how does vaccine roll-out happen equitably?

In the ‘Positive Outlook’ segment Simnikiwe Xanga interviews Raymond Ackerman Academy graduate Phumza Matwele. Phumza has two over-the-counter med stores in Khayalistsha - Cape Town’s biggest township.

Phumza shares about her dream to make healthcare more accessible in her community and how this is happening. This is an inspiring story that you don’t want to miss.

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Report from Oxfam: https://www.oxfam.org/en/press-releases/http://www.publichealth.uct.ac.za/professor-