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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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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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01.14.21

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

11.30.20

HIV Policies In Most Countries Are Not Aligned With International Standards, Undermining Progress Against AIDS, New Report Shows

By Cynthia Sun

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  November 30, 2020 Washington, DC — With the global AIDS response set to miss 2020 targets and COVID-19 threatening to derail progress, a new report today shows that many countries have not adopted key policies needed to take advantage of scientific breakthroughs in HIV. The science of HIV has never been better, […]

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11.23.20

Colloquium: The Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine

By Cynthia Sun

With signs of promising efficacy among the candidate COVID-19 vaccines, the public anxiously awaits the vaccine to slow the pandemic and help restore our usual ways of life. Yet uncertainty remains on how once-approved vaccines will reach the public. Will vaccines be able to meet the global demand? How can we ensure equitable distribution so […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

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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