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03.09.21

Better Masks Offer Better Protection Against COVID-19 Variants. Governments Should Act Quickly.

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Katherine Ginsbach and Anastasia Vernikou.  SARS-CoV-2 is mutating. More than a year into the COVID-19 epidemic, virus mutations are increasing transmission rates, compounding the opportunities to transform further. Given the ever-expanding risk to population health, governments must continuously monitor the efficacy of current public health regulations, making needed updates […]

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01.19.21

Most U.S. Health Plans Must Now Cover the Full Cost of PrEP, But More Than the Medication Is Needed for HIV Prevention

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Landon Myers and Sean Bland. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a medication that people at risk for HIV take to prevent HIV acquisition. When taken as prescribed, it is highly effective for preventing HIV acquisition. Despite its efficacy, PrEP uptake has been relatively low in the United States, in […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

01.14.21

India Must Have Vaccine Transparency for the World’s Largest Immunization Program to Succeed

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Kashish Aneja.  On January 16, India is set to launch the world’s largest national immunization programme with two of its ‘made in India’ vaccines. India sits at the center of the COVID-19 response, not just because it has the second-highest number of global cases, or only due to its […]

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12.08.20

A New Roadmap for Supporting American Families

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by John T. Monahan.  Even with the prospect of new COVID-19 vaccines in 2021, it is clear the pandemic has battered, and continues to threaten, the economic and social foundations on which most Americans have built and sustained their lives. The impact of the coronavirus will almost certainly worsen over […]

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12.03.20

What Should Food Banks Do When Demand Outpaces Supply in Emergencies?

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Sarah Wetter and James G. Hodge, Jr.  For millions of Americans this holiday season, the most critical line they face is not for COVID-19 testing, vaccines, or unemployment benefits, but rather the long wait at food banks and pantries across the country. As the toll of the pandemic worsens, […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

12.01.20

Could a Systems Approach be the Disruptor Needed in HIV Prevention?

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Charles Holmes, Sara M. Allinder, and Anna Carter.   Business as usual is not working in HIV prevention. The latest UNAIDS data from 2019 demonstrates that we are collectively failing to bring down the number of new infections globally. Despite tremendous gains in the number of people living with HIV […]

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11.12.20

Medication-Based Treatment for Substance Use Disorder in Correctional Facilities: Critical Components Missing from MOUD Legislation

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Madelyn O’Kelley-Bangsberg. Over the last several years, there has been increased attention to establishing adequate withdrawal and treatment protocols for persons with substance use disorders in jails and prisons. Advocates are trying to increase the availability of medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) within correctional facilities by bringing litigation […]

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Thematic Areas: Addiction & Public Policy

11.10.20

Medication-Based Treatment for Substance Use Disorder in Correctional Facilities: Factors Influencing the Enactment of Legislation

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Madelyn O’Kelley-Bangsberg. Across the country, correctional institutions are implementing medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) programs in jails and prisons to save lives and money. However, barriers to further expansion of MOUD programs persist, including stigma and immediate costs. In 2018, only 1% of jails and prisons in the […]

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Thematic Areas: Addiction & Public Policy

10.20.20

Leading the COVID-19 Vaccination Response: Lessons Learned from the Smallpox Eradication Campaign

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Adi Radhakrishnan.  With more than 40 million known cases worldwide, and many countries already experiencing a second surge, the global recovery from COVID-19 still appears far away. Experts recently forecast that that the full course of the pandemic will likely run for two years and will only subside if […]

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10.01.20

COVID-19 Global Action Plan Letter

By O’Neill Institute

The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been marked by a tragic lack of global solidarity, with several exceptions, notably COVAX, a global facility for equitable vaccine distribution. Dozens of global health leaders have therefore joined together to call upon a number of current presidents and prime ministers, The Elders, and the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation to spearhead a […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

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