Partner Webinars

AU, Africa CDC & SAMRC Conference: Framework for Fair, Equitable and Timely Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccines in Africa
14 & 15  December 2020

The present COVID-19 pandemic has serious health, security, and economic impact for the continent. Vaccines are potent public health tools, and Africa needs to actively engage in the development, evaluation, and access to potential COVID-19 vaccine development, clinical trial, and define issues related to access.  


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On 22nd February 2020, Africa developed a COVID-19 Joint Continental Strategy that has three pillars: 1) limit transmission, 2) prevent deaths, and 3) limit harm. This strategy is underpinned by the need to coordinate, cooperate, collaborate and communicate. Continental collaboration and coordination will be critical for the development of an effective vaccine against COVID-19. The African Union, through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), has taken a bold and aggressive leadership role with regards to the continent’s vaccine agenda. 


As part of implementing Africa’s Joint Continental Strategy to combat COVID-19, the Africa CDC, in partnership with the South African Medical Research Council, hosted a virtual Conference on the 14th and 15th of December. This virtual conference brought together healthcare professionals, researchers, public health experts, policymakers to deliberate on:  


  1. Africa’s financing, procurement, and allocation of potential COVID- 19 vaccine  
  2. Delivery strategies to AU Member States of potentially effective COVID-19 vaccines.
  3. Strategies for community engagement and communications to ensure uptake of any potential effective COVID-19 vaccines.  


14 December 2020 – Watch the full session here: 


15th December 2020 – Founder and Lead of the African Alliance, shared their thoughts and insights around the “Role of Risk Communication in Vaccine Acceptance”. Find out more as they unpack issues relating to understanding collective & individual risk in a pandemic, risk communication of vaccine acceptance, and communicating prioritisationTian’s remarks are on Session V and start at 02:28:00and you can watch the whole recording here: 

COVID-19 Vaccine: AfroCentric’s Update on the Science and Access in

South Africa,

15 December 2020

NOTE: Affiliation of Tian Johnson listed by AfroCentric is incorrect: Tian Johnson is the founder and lead of the African Alliance ( and a founding member of the Vaccine Advocacy Resource Group (  



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As there is news emanating from many countries in the world about a vaccine. Some countries like the UK have already started such vaccination programs. The Afrocentric Group hosted a webinar to discuss the issues of progress on the clinical trials for the vaccine, pertinent issues on access, and South Africa’s preparedness in the vaccine agenda. 


The panelists in the dialogue include Dr. Anban Pillay from the National Department of Health; Prof Greg Hussey from the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Dr. Samu Dube from the Afrocentric Group, and Mx Tian Johnson. Watch here:

South African UNESCO National Bioethics committee: COVID 19 Vaccines  Access and Equity

25 November 2020

South African UNESCO National Bioethics committee, hosted a national dialogue centered upon the critical topic of equity and access to COVID-19 vaccines. 

The webinar had quite a diverse number of participants who registered from various backgrounds, from academics, scientists, policymakers, community activists, NGOs, and researchers.  


The diverse line-up of speakers from different backgrounds included…

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Prof Salim S. Abdool Karim , Director of CAPRISA and Co-chair, SA Ministerial Advisory Committee. Mr Jens Pedersen, Senior Humanitarian Policy and Diplomatic Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. Tian Johnson Founder and Lead of the African Alliance, queer advocate and member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on the COVID-19 vaccine (MAC) mandated to develop a COVID-19 vaccine allocation framework for South Africa and Founding Member of the Vaccine Advocacy Resource Group. Watch here:

The Atlantic Institute: Post-COVID Vaccine Development, Distribution,

and Justice  
17 September 2020

The Atlantic Institute has been organising convenings that are focused on the most significant challenges of our present moment and how we can bring the lens of justice and equity to addressing them. And of course, the COVID-19 pandemic is the challenge that is facing everyone around the world. The Post COVID Vaccine Development, Distribution and Justice webinar looked at the question of justice as it relates to vaccine development around COVID. Another focus of the webinar was to ignite our imagination and think about a life post COVID.  

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The speakers on the webinar included Professor Glenda Gray, President and Chief Executive Officer of the South African Medical Research Council. Prof Allen Buchanan, research Professor of Philosophy, University of Arizona Department of Philosophy and Freedom Centre. Tian Johnson Founder and Lead of the African Alliance, queer advocate and member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on the COVID-19 vaccine (MAC) mandated to develop a COVID-19 vaccine allocation framework for South Africa.   


Tian had the opportunity to share their thoughts on a series of questions about access and inequality. How will the effects of structural inequality and poverty that have existed and persisted for decades before this pandemic be addressed when the vaccine becomes available?  Watch here:

The Solidarity Fund: Solidarity Fund’s approach and response to Gender-Based Violence during COVID-19

28 July 2020

Following several months of appeals for transparency and accountability, in July of 2020, Civil Society had a discussion with Wendy Tlou the Head of Communications for the Solidarity Fund. The Solidarity Fund allows South Africans to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with collective donations.


The fund is independently audited and aims to help with supporting measures to flatten the curve and lower infection rates, detect and understand the pandemic care for those in medical need and support those whose lives have been disrupted by the pandemic.