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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. As reasonable and evidence-based adjustments to prevent transmission and protect health became the norm, authorities continued to fail on equity.

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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: 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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COVID-19 telemonitoring tool adapted to prevent heat-related illness

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Health authorities in Rome have repurposed a COVID-19 telemonitoring tool to monitor people at risk from heat-related illness. A recent study published in Nature found 37% of deaths related to heat exposure around the world between 1991 and 2018 were related to global warming caused by humans. ON THE RECORD.

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How to Fairly Allocate Scarce COVID-19 Therapies

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Vaccines are no longer our only medical intervention for preventing severe COVID-19. Older and medically vulnerable people who continue to face high risk of COVID-19 illness after vaccination should not be asked to wait in line behind adults who refused vaccines. By Govind Persad, Monica Peek, and Seema Shah.

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COVID-19 and the future of care delivery

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Shifting the perception of digital health and care. Without doubt, the crucial requirement of us all, as citizens, to be physically distant as part of the response globally to COVID-19 has resulted in a significant shift in how we think about technology as a tool to overcome distance.

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Experts showcase digital health solutions that help tackle COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Several technological solutions have been launched to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic, notably to detect the first symptoms, track the virus, carry out tests and support the population in accessing and receiving healthcare. WHY IT MATTERS. “We could reduce mortality by more than 50%,” she said.

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