By Chloe Reichel
“No One Is Safe Until Everyone Is Safe” goes the rallying cry for global vaccine equity.
We would think that the COVID-19 pandemic already has made this point clear enough.
And yet, pundits are heralding the “end” of the pandemic in the U.S., all while viral variants that may be capable of evading the protection of vaccines continue to crop up both domestically and internationally.
In this Q&A, South African journalist and human rights activist Mark Heywood offers a look at the national COVID-19 epidemic in South Africa. The sobering reality there, in terms of morbidity and mortality, and in terms of expectations for the future, underscores the urgency for globally coordinated leadership and action to address the pandemic.
Our conversation from late March 2021, which has been edited and condensed, follows.