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COVID-19 Showcased Failed Global Cooperation

Bill of Health

By Kayum Ahmed, Julia Bleckner, and Kyle Knight In mid-May, the World Health Organization officially declared the “emergency” phase of the COVID-19 pandemic over. This pattern has had lethal consequences during the COVID-19 pandemic, harming efforts to advance global solidarity.

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A Categorical No to Categorical Accommodation Denials Related to COVID-19?

Bill of Health

Remote accommodations were granted freely during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in 2021, the in-person aspect of teaching and learning was suddenly deemed essential, and at many institutions, remote classes came to an end. That same medication rendered him high-risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19.

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‘We Want Them Infected’: An Excerpt from Jonathan Howard’s New Book on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bill of Health

By Jonathan Howard On June 29, 2021, Dr. Harriet Hall penned an essay on the website Science Based Medicine titled “A New COVID-19 Myth?” 6 This didn’t stop her from making a nearly identical podcast in May 2022 titled “Living with COVID,” 7 which declared “we now have all the necessary tools to end the COVID ‘emergency phase’.

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Liability for COVID-19 Vaccine Harms: We Need to Do Better

Bill of Health

COVID-19 vaccines are extremely safe , and serious harms are rare. In an emergency, the concern is even higher: COVID-19 came with a large vaccination effort, and however safe the vaccines, claims of harm after them were inevitable. By Dorit Reiss. Nevertheless, rare injuries do happen.

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COVID-19, Patents, and Trade Secrets

Bill of Health

Has the worldwide distribution of COVID-19 vaccines been impacted by patent rights? It assumes that once you waive all the COVID patents, everyone all of the sudden starts getting vaccinated quicker and safer, but that’s just not the case. What other IP protections do COVID vaccine manufacturers use? What is a patent?

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Hospitals no longer required to report COVID-19 data to CDC

Fierce Healthcare

Hospitals are off the hook for data reporting requirements that have been in place since the early COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals were required to share COVID-19 admissions, ICU capacity and other related data on a daily basis during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, then the reporting frequency shifted.

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Human Rights Principles in Public Health Emergencies: From the Siracusa Principles to COVID-19 and Beyond

Bill of Health

Yet when COVID-19 – the greatest health emergency in a century – devastated the world, the Siracusa Principles seemed unequal to the task – too narrow, including with their remit limited to civil and political rights, not sufficiently specific, and above all, without sufficient accountability.

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