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Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON M5S 1J5
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  • May 8, 2024 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


The 2024 Boehm Public Lecture presents…

In 2020, while wealthy countries stood first in line for COVID-19 vaccines, a pioneering group of South African lawyers sued their own government for a look inside the secret deals Pretoria had signed with vaccine manufacturers and producers. Their victory exposed several one-sided terms, bullying and how much more South Africa had paid for vaccines than EU countries. It also revealed the power of human rights law in the fight for global health equity.

Fatima Hassan, the human rights lawyer who led that effort, will deliver the 2024 Boehm Public Lecture at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in partnership with CBC Ideas, Canada’s flagship broadcast about contemporary thought. Ms. Hassan will ask Canadians to join her in exploring the concept of solidarity and leadership in pandemic, epidemic and war responses and explain why, in an era of era of rampant commercialization and commodification of life-saving medicines, health care must be secured as a global public good.