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COVID-19: Vaccine mandate enforced in Austria

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With rising case numbers in across the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) region and the rest of Europe, a fully vaccinated status might become compulsory for the use of the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) soon – at least in some countries. WHY IT MATTERS. THE LARGER TREND. ON THE RECORD.

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

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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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COVID-19 Showcased Failed Global Cooperation

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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. Public health emergencies aren’t entirely preventable. Solidarity operates at two intersecting levels.

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Conclusion to the Symposium: From Principles to Practice: Human Rights and Public Health Emergencies

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While receiving significant global traction and acceptance since their publication in 1985, the Siracusa Principles, the authors argue, proved to be simply “unequal to the task” of guiding States’ conduct in the context of COVID-19 because they are “unable to speak in any significant detail to the particular concerns of public health crises.”

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Non-State Actors and Public Health Emergencies

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By Rossella De Falco Strong, well-coordinated and resilient public health care services play a vital role in preventing and responding to public health crises. What are, however, the specific legal and ethical implications of involving private actors in health care vis-à-vis public health emergencies?

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Public Health Emergencies and Human Rights Principles: A Solidarity Approach

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By Anne Kjersti Befring and Cecilia Marcela Bailliet Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic posed a grave threat to humanity and revealed the need for a new approach to improve transnational cooperation within the global health system and new perspectives on solidarity addressing the cross-border spread of infection and distribution of vaccines.

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Considerations from Argentina on the Judicial Control of Public Health Policies

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By María Natalia Echegoyemberry and Francisco Verbic This article looks at the COVID-19 pandemic response in Argentina, with a particular focus on the judicial control of public health policies. There, too, single judges decided on important social and health issues. The case has parallels to rulings in the U.S.