“What the COVID-19 pandemic makes blatantly clear is just how difficult it is to give practical meaning to entitlements to the highest attainable standard of health. It raises difficult questions. How do we safeguard the health and well-being of the elderly or persons with disabilities who rely on family and friends for support in their day-to-day lives? How should we triage critical medical care? How do we ensure that medical equipment such as tests and ventilators, and hopefully soon a vaccine and/or medicines are equitably divided not just within countries, but also among countries? And how do we prevent private actors, such as big pharma, from profiteering from this pandemic?
Our pandemic exposes deep vulnerabilities and inadequacies within health care and social security systems of high-income countries. The added worry is what the impact will be in low- and middle-income countries and how the international community will respond; in solidarity or turning inwards focusing solely on self-protection? It is now more than ever important to openly discuss the human rights impact of this crisis. The right to health and other fundamental human rights principles, such as equality and non-discrimination, transparency, participation and accountability, should guide that discussion.”
- Guidance on COVID-19, Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights
- Human Rights Dimensions of COVID-19 Response, Human Rights Watch
- COVID-19 and health rights, Physicians for Human Rights
- Articles in the Health and Human Rights Journal on COVID-19 and the right to health
- Blogs on COVID-19 and health law, Global Health Law Groningen