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2.1.1: Bordering as Disaster: COVID-19, Borders and Conditional Cooperation - Headline Panel
Wednesday, 18/May/2022:
11:00am - 12:30pm

The declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020 elicited many initial proclamations of “we are all in this together”, which called for collective solidarity and international cooperation. Many governments, however, coalesced local support by instituting protectionist and isolationary measures to prioritize their own constituents, for example, by hardening borders and competing with other nations for supplies. These nationalist responses have also stoked racist, xenophobic, and ableist fears and actions. Further, hoarding of vaccines by high-income countries and maintaining private pharmaceutical patents have prevented the majority of the world’s population from timely and adequate vaccination. This competitive and exclusionary approach presents a number of contradictions in resolving a global crisis. In addressing the Congress 2022 theme of ‘Transitions’, we seek to unpack the role of borders in hindering a move towards global justice and safety for all in times of crisis and beyond.


Gabriel Allahdua, Justicia for Migrant Workers
Tammam Aloudat, Global Health Centre
Yafa Jarrar, PSAC and Labour4Palestine
Veldon Coburn, University of Ottawa

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