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04.23.20

Can the UN CESCR guide States’ responses to COVID-19?

By Ivonne Garza

Image courtesy of The Economist, artist Alice Mollon. In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ new General Comment No. 25 sheds light on States’ use of science and technology in their pandemic responses, and highlights the importance of research and scientific work as the pandemic […]

09.25.15

Behind Recent Drug Price Gouging, a Bad CEO and an Even Worse Legal System

By Brian Honermann

It’s been a rough week for bad executives. Volkwagen’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, resigned after investigators discovered that the carmaker had installed software that allowed its vehicles to pass emissions tests, while during normal operation they spewed out pollutants far beyond legal limits. Another executive received a 28-year prison sentence for deliberately shipping tainted peanut butter […]

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07.17.15

Can Biohacking Solve the Global Insulin Shortage?

By Brian Honermann

For many diabetics, access to insulin can mean the difference between life and death. However, this vital product is often exorbitantly expensive, particularly for those living in low- and middle-income countries. As a result, many needlessly suffer and die from a manageable disease. One study estimates that the global prevalence of diabetes will rise from […]

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05.08.15

How to Follow the 2015 World Health Assembly

By Brian Honermann

Author’s Note: Since this was published, the World Health Organization has announced that, for the first time in its history, the deliberations of the Plenary, Committee A and Committee B will be webcast and available to the general public. Live webcasts can be viewed here. In 10 days, delegates from World Health Organization member states will gather to […]

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08.08.14

Ebola Declared an International Public Health Emergency: Are We Interested Now?

By Ana S. Ayala

Since my last post on the Ebola virus merely one week ago, the death toll in West Africa has risen from approximately 600 to close to 1,000, it has reached one more African country (Nigeria), and the first European to contract the virus was admitted to a hospital only yesterday.  There are currently over 1,700 cases, […]

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03.10.14

Arcing Toward Justice: Three Reasons the Fight for Access to Medicines Is Far from Over, But Can Be Won

By Brian Honermann

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The past few years have produced a flurry of films documenting (e.g. Fire in the Blood and How to Survive a Plague) and dramatizing (e.g. Dallas Buyers Club) the fight for access to medicines during the […]

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02.28.14

Recap: Fire in the Blood by Dylan Gray

By Brian Honermann

On Wednesday evening, the O’Neill Institute and Doctors Without Borders hosted a film screening of Fire in the Blood, followed by a panel discussion. This post provides a recap of the main themes of the film. A video recording of the panel discussion that followed is available at the end of the post. Director Dylan Gray’s […]

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