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Author Archives: O’Neill Institute

05.20.21

Why Aren’t We Addressing the Social Determinants of Health?

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Olivia Backhaus, Peter D. Jacobson, and John Monahan.  Despite considerable scholarly and health care industry agreement that addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) is essential for improving the population’s health status, there is little agreement on how health care systems and insurers should approach the problem. The growing […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

05.11.21

Analysing the COVID-19: Make it the Last Pandemic Report

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Lawrence Gostin.  The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response’s (IPPR) final report, released on Wednesday, May 12 2021, identifies severe failures in pandemic preparedness at every level in the COVID-19 response, from governments to World Health Organization (WHO). Widespread unpreparedness occurred despite years of unheeded warnings on increased […]

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05.06.21

Lessons from One of the World’s Most Successful, Yet Unusual, COVID-19 Vaccination Campaigns

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Kashish Aneja and Nishtha Arora. As of April 8, 2021, the Ministry of Health of the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan reported having administered the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines to almost 93% of its eligible adult population. 85% of its eligible adult population was vaccinated within the first week […]

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04.15.21

The Promise and Peril of Vaccine Passports

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Anastasia Vernikou and Katherine Ginsbach. As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has progressed, countries have begun to look for ways to lift restrictive public health measures, like lockdowns. This has amplified the discussion around the effectiveness and potential challenges of vaccine certificates, or passports. Showing proof of vaccination record […]

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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

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