Event Recording
June 15, 2021

In response to our partners in the Global South, Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) supports the current global campaign for COVID-19 vaccine equity that advocates for making vaccines more accessible to people in low and middle-income countries. The campaign focuses on a waiver of certain provisions of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for all medical products related to COVID-19.

Without the waiver, low and middle-income countries will have to rely on charity from pharmaceutical companies and wealthy countries or go without access to lifesaving medicines and technology.

CJI invited four distinguished guests, Fr Charles Chilufya SJ, Dr Sunita Narain, Dr Katrina Plamondon and Dr Jeffrey Sachs to talk about the campaign on vaccine equity, speak of the impact of COVID in the Global South, and inform us on how we can support this campaign.

Make your voice heard!

Write to Prime Minister Trudeau (and your MP) and ask the Government of Canada to support the TRIPS waiver and to play its part in reimagining global governance that paves the way for a just future for all.

You can use the sample letter below, copy and paste it on an email, sign and send it to the Prime Minister (and your MP). Please make sure to copy the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Their emails are in the sample letter.

Sample letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

Please support our COVID-19 Emergency Appeal.

Messages from friends and supporters

This has to be one of the best webinars I have attended. It has challenged me to use my one voice to other injustices that our nation and world face. Every voice counts no matter how small and no matter the volume. It is that one voice that can tip the balance towards a better world.Thank you for such a well organized event and such powerful speakers on the panel. They spoke from their hearts, from their knowledge and more importantly from their lived experience.

MJ Racz

Thank you for orchestrating the webinar "Leave no one behind: Vaccine equity in the Global South". The speakers, each in their own way stretched not only my knowledge but my own heart.


CJI as a team, thank you so much. What a great [group of] people you managed to pull together, such knowledgeable, informative, and passionate people. Peter, you were a great co-host and you worked well together with the host, Jenny. Jenny, you have a kind, appreciative manner and also professional presence. I found this such a current and relevant topic.

David Shulist SJ

Let me congratulate the CJI team for organizing such an important thematic webinar on "Vaccine equity in the Global South". It was a very moving/touching experience to listen to all distinguished guests on the panel. We need good global leadership with good governance to work for global justice specially to bring the poor inside the social, economic and demoratic safety net during this covid pandemic and thereafter.There is a sharp contrast in Global equity between the North and the South. A huge challenge remains with us in the coming months. I feel a collective effort to address this global pandemic with good global governance and enlightened leadership in service of humanity is a way forward to voice out "Leave no one behind' is a great world vision to work globally.

Pascal Xalxo SJ

Mil enhorabuenas por el fantástico seminario o webinar de ayer!! Me encantó todo. Me gustaría destacar que me pareció buenísima la participación de las mujeres. Muy buena la ponencia de Sunita Narain- qué buena la relación entre Covid, vacunas, cambio climático, seguridad alimentaria… y me gustó, por diferente, la perspectiva de Katarina. Estoy deseando volver a escuchar la charla grabada.

Valeria Méndez de Vigo

Such an impressive program yesterday…so compelling and such top shelf presenters. And [Jenny's] moderation was excellent to frame it all. I don’t know how you do it, but am grateful and amazed every time.

John Sealey

Our Speakers

Fr Charles Chilufya SJ

Fr Charles Chilufya is the coordinator of the Africa Task Force of the Vatican COVID-19 Commission. He is a Jesuit priest who has served as Director of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) Justice and Ecology Office (JEO) since 2018 in Nairobi. JEO coordinates the Jesuits’ work in economic, social, migration, gender and climate justice in Africa. JEO is a vital Jesuit interface between global policies in the economic, social and environmental spheres and local issues confronting populations in Africa.

Dr Sunita Narain

Dr Sunita Narain is an environmentalist and writer, and presently serves as the director-general of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and Editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth. Dr Narain plays an active role in policy formulation on issues of environment and development in India and globally. She has co-authored publications on India’s environment, conducted in-depth research on the governance and management of the country’s environment and directed campaigns on air pollution control, community water management, sustainable industrialization and food & toxins, among others. In 2016, she was featured in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Dr Katrina Plamondon

Dr Katrina Plamondon is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She is a Canadian woman of Cree-Irish-Quebecois ancestry whose research focuses on how to advance evidence-informed equity action. She co-chairs the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research’s University Advisory Council and is a member of Canada’s National Scientific Advisory Committee for Global Health. Dr Plamondon led the development of the equity-centred CCGHR Principles for Global Health Research (www.ccghr.ca/resources/principles-global-health-research/) and continuously contributes to national and international dialogue about Canada’s role in global health, amplifying issues of equity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Jeffrey Sachs

Dr Jeffrey D. Sachs is a professor, author, and advisor to governments around the world and to the United Nations. He leads global efforts for sustainable development and climate safety. Sachs is a strong supporter of the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. He is an expert on public health and epidemics and has advised the World Health Organization at the highest levels during the past 20 years. Sachs helped to conceive and implement the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.