On December 9th and 10th, 2021 the Institute on Inequalities in Global Health in partnership with the Instituto de Estudos Avançados da Universidade de São Paulo will hold its 4th international conference: The Covid Pandemic is not a viral event, which will continue to discuss new challenges in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic.


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Streaming at: www.iea.usp.br/aovivo

(in English and Portuguese | With translation)

Full event schedule: 



USC speaker schedule:

Dec. 9

  • 8:30am - The need to build coalitions for action in response to COVID-19 
    • Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA
    • Lorena Barberia (Universidade de São Paulo)
  • 9am - Immunity, vaccination, and challenges for 2022
    • Lourdes Baezconde Garbanati, PhD, MPH, MA
    • Jeffrey Klausner, MD, MPH
    • Cristina Bonorino (Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre)
    • Guilherme Werneck (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
  • 10:30am - The impact of COVID-19 on populations more vulnerable to the ongoing syndemic
    • Laura Ferguson, PhD
    • Kayla de the Haye, PhD
    • Dulce Ferraz (UNIL)
    • Xavier Mabire (UNIL)
    • Moderator: Ivan França Junior (Universidade de São Paulo)
  • 12:15pm - The challenge of long COVID-19
    • Caitlin H. McAuley, DO
    • Linamara Rizzo Batistella (Universidade de São Paulo)
    • Carlos Roberto Ribeiro de Carvalho (Universidade de São Paulo)
    • Moderator: Aluísio Segurado (Universidade de São Paulo)
  • 1:30pm - Final comments
    • Howard Hu, MD, MPH, ScD


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“Especially when the new variant is identified, and the inequality in access to vaccination and comprehensive prevention remains, once again it becomes clear that no country will come out of this crisis alone and the debate that adds to the international perspective is fundamental”, emphasize the professors Vera Paiva , a participant in the Sabbatical Year Program at the IEA and at the Institute of Psychology (IPUSP) and Lorena Barberia , a professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences (FFLCH) at USP, who coordinate the cycle of events.

On Thursday (9/12), from 1:30 pm to 7 pm (São Paulo time), US and French researchers will debate with Brazilian colleagues and managers working in health departments the challenges of vaccination, the impact of the pandemic on the most vulnerable populations and the long Covid.

On Friday (12/10), from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (São Paulo time), the seminar will start with a long conversation about Covid with Nisreen Alwan, from the University of Southampton, and Anna Sara S. Levin, from USP's Hospital das Clínicas. It will then be discussed how reproductive health promotion has been affected by Covid. In the afternoon, there will be a dialogue with managers to deal with the implementation of testing as a public policy. The cycle of debates will end with the debate on prevention and comprehensive care, considering local syndemics – characterized by the mutually aggravating interaction between health problems, the socioeconomic crisis and the increase in inequality.

This series of webinars values ​​the participation of researchers who understand the social and political determinants of Sars-Cov-2 infection and Covid-19 illness, the production of social sciences, and anchors suggestions for public policy in human rights-based approaches.

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