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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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06.04.20

COVID-19: Sounding the Alarm to Revisit National Tobacco Control Measure in India

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Kashish Aneja and Dr. Ravi Mehrotra World No Tobacco Day is observed around the globe every year on May 31. This year it holds unparalleled significance in light of the extraordinary global health circumstances we find ourselves in. There is an emerging correlation between tobacco and COVID-19 that reinforces the need […]

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06.02.20

Defunding the WHO Will Hurt African Health Programs

By O’Neill Institute

Authors: Amy Patterson, Professor of Politics, University of the South; Emmanuel Balogun, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Skidmore College The Main Point: In addition to supporting work on AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and maternal and child health in Africa, funding the WHO lets the U.S. engage in global health diplomacy in the region. This collaboration is […]

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06.02.20

The American Public Trusts the WHO. That’s Vitally Important.

By O’Neill Institute

Author: Renu Singh, Fellow, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center The Main Point: Public trust in the WHO matters. Because more than three-quarters of Americans trust the WHO to manage the COVID-19 response, the organization’s scientifically-driven recommendations can change individual behavior despite government noncooperation – so long as it […]

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04.30.20

RETHINKING COLLABORATIONS: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF GLOBAL HEALTH LAW EXPERTISE

By Lidiya Teklemariam

From addressing social, economic, and commercial determinants of health to linking health to the notions of human rights and justice, law plays a wide range of roles in the realization of public health objectives. However, the power of law to help achieve desired health outcomes can be limited if not supported by the relevant technical […]

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04.15.20

A call to action to the G20: The world needs a robust, coordinated, equitable, rights-based COVID-19 Response, Now

By Eric A. Friedman

“’I’m…. involved in the Eastern Congo… and am conscious of the looming catastrophe if the Corona virus would bring about respiratory complications….In the referral hospital in Beni, already disorganized by the ending [the] Ebola epidemic, there are 2 oxygen concentrators, and regular power cuts. You can imagine….” – Dr. Réginald Moreels, Humanitarian surgeon and former Minister of […]

02.15.20

Pandemics Do Have Borders

By Mara Pillinger

One of the most common refrains in global health security is that pandemics don’t respect national borders. But the COVID-19 epidemic has turned up the heat under simmering disputes over Taiwan’s and Hong Kong’s status vis-à-vis the People’s Republic of China, reminding us that politics of sovereignty and autonomy don’t stop for pandemics, either. The […]

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11.20.19

The Status of WHO Regulations under International law – ‘Agreements’ vs. ‘Regulations’

By Lidiya Teklemariam

It was during my LLM studies last year – I took this one-week course that made me think thoroughly about the types and nature of legal instruments produced by the World Health Organization (WHO). This course, Public Health Emergencies: Enabling Preparedness & Response through Law and Policy, analyzed case studies from various global events including […]

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10.01.19

Universal health coverage: The numbers behind the headlines

By Eric A. Friedman

At the end of this posting, which is mostly about universal health coverage, please see the update on actions that, if you are in the United States, you can take to create some measure of accountability for those responsible for the genocide of the Rohingya people in Burma and to end U.S. involvement in the […]

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