'Mobilising human rights to address coronavirus vaccine apartheid'
A growing number of medical, epidemiological and public health experts are warning of an emerging vaccine apartheid triggered by the dire humanitarian consequences from an unequal distribution of SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) vaccines.
As Fatima Hassan, founder of South Africa’s Health Justice Initiative observed, 'if this is going to continue for another three years, we’re not going to get any kind of continental or global immunity.' Concerns about a global vaccine apartheid' have also been expressed by Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS
In this article, Dr Jackie Dugard, Dr Jeff Handmaker and Bruce Porter discuss the growing inequalities in access to coronavirus vaccines. They look beyond the looming humanitarian and moral catastrophe to consider the opportunities for mobilizing international law, and particularly human rights, to compel states to take action, not merely in their own jurisdictions, but globally, to address deep and growing global inequalities.
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