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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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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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'Appropriate' transition period for COVID-19 test EUAs when public health emergency ends

Healthcare Dive

The FDA is planning to give holders of EUAs for COVID-19 diagnostics and other devices 180 days notice of its intent to end their authorizations, in anticipation of U.S. public health emergency declarations stopping.

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Personal Crusades for Public Health

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By Katherine Macfarlane Public health in the U.S. This essay describes the cost of casting aside what is best for the public’s health in favor of individual choice, especially to those who are high-risk for serious illness or death from COVID-19. In other words, public health is a group project.

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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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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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Public Health Law’s Future Begins in the Classroom

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By Taleed El-Sabawi The use of emergency public health powers by state and local governments during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic led to intense public criticism followed by legislative attempts (include some successes) to strip state executives of this authority. What does the future hold?