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Category Archives: Global Health


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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



Racially-Driven Police Violence is a Human Rights Violation

By Sarah Wetter

This post was written by Erica White, Intern, O’Neill Institute, and JD Candidate, ASU Law; and Sarah Wetter, Law Fellow, O’Neill Institute. On June 15, 2020 the United Nations Human Rights Council convened for the first time after a three-month long hiatus necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council focused on a major threat to […]


A Post-COVID-19 Global Health Infrastructure, Part II: Health Equity Programs of Action

By Eric A. Friedman

  Today’s existing global health arrangements failed to stop COVID-19 from so far infecting more than 16 million people – and fast rising – and killing more than 600,000 – a toll rising by thousands every day, and with both infections and deaths likely drastically underreported. Of course, even before COVID-19, the global heath infrastructure […]


A wolf in sheep’s clothing: the food and beverage industry and our ability to respond to health challenges

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Genitourinary (GU) Oncology Program Since the Covid-19 pandemic took over the world, the food and beverage industry has been raising its profile by engaging in highly publicized donations. Last month, for example, Coca-Cola announced that they were “supporting communities and health professionals” by “donating over 2.5 million liters […]



COVID’s Constitutional Conundrum

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was written by James G. Hodge, Jr., J.D., LL.M. and Hanna Reinke. Extant threats of the COVID-19 pandemic extend well beyond the health of Americans. Unprecedented emergency legal preparedness and response efforts to quell the pandemic are testing core legal foundations globally. In the United States, federally-declared dual states of general emergency […]



A Post-COVID-19 Global Health Infrastructure, Part I: Civil Society Calls for Right to Health Capacity Fund

By Eric A. Friedman

Even as we mourn our losses, it is not too soon to start planning for tomorrow, or else a better tomorrow may never come. For, I believe, the best tribute for all who perished – and will yet die – is to create a better tomorrow. And it may be when the pain is freshest […]

Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights



By Laura Norato

Women globally are facing a high burden during the crisis raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the U.S., women account for 52% of the essential workers, 78% of social workers, and 77% of health care workers. At home, things aren’t different. Women are more likely to be in charge of the sick, minors, and elders, […]


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