Making the World Safer and Fairer in Pandemics

Georgetown University Law Center Research Paper No. Forthcoming

Hastings Center Report, Vol. 53, Issue 6, November‐December 2023, pgs 3-10.

(2023). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2570.

14 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2024

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Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Kevin A. Klock

Foundation for the National Institutes of Health; Georgetown University Law Center

Alexandra Finch

Georgetown University - The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Date Written: December 22, 2023

Abstract

Global health has long been characterized by injustice, with certain populations marginalized and made vulnerable by social, economic, and health disparities within and among countries. The pandemic only amplified inequalities. In response to it, the World Health Organization and the United Nations have embarked on transformative normative and financial reforms that could reimagine pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (PPPR). These reforms include a new strategy to sustainably finance the WHO, a UN political declaration on PPPR, a fundamental revision to the International Health Regulations, and negotiation of a new, legally binding pandemic agreement (popularly called the “Pandemic Treaty”). We revisit the cavernous shortcomings of the global Covid-19 response, explain potentially transformative legal reforms and the ethical values that underpin them, and propose actionable solutions to advance both health and justice.

DOI No. 10.1002/hast.1538

Disclosure and Disclaimer:
The authors lead the O'Neill Institute–Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) project on an international instrument for pandemic prevention and preparedness. The FNIH provided funding to the O'Neill Institute for the project. The WHO is an intellectual nonfinancial partner to the FNIH-managed GeneConvene Global Collaborative. The views in this piece do not necessarily reflect the views of the O'Neill Institute or FNIH.

Note:

Funding Information: The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) provided funding to the O'Neill Institute for the project.

Conflict of Interests: The authors lead the O'Neill Institute–Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) project on an international instrument for pandemic prevention and preparedness. The WHO is an intellectual nonfinancial partner to the FNIH-managed GeneConvene Global Collaborative.

Keywords: global health law, health policy and law, human rights, pandemics, equity, financing, bioethics

JEL Classification: K30, K32

Suggested Citation

Gostin, Lawrence O. and Klock, Kevin A. and Finch, Alexandra, Making the World Safer and Fairer in Pandemics (December 22, 2023). Georgetown University Law Center Research Paper No. Forthcoming, Hastings Center Report, Vol. 53, Issue 6, November‐December 2023, pgs 3-10. , (2023). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2570., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4698490

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