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New COVID-19 Law Lab to Provide Vital Legal Information and Support for the Global COVID-19 Response

– World Health Organization

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  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 31 July 2020

The World Health Organization, United Nations Development Programme, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University announced a new initiative for sharing legal documents to encourage cross-country collaboration to manage the COVID-19 pandemic

The resulting COVID-19 Law Lab will operate with a goal to protect wellbeing and health as well as ensure countries are adhering to international human rights laws.

“The COVID-19 Law Lab is a database of laws that countries have implemented in response to the pandemic. It includes state of emergency declarations, quarantine measures, disease surveillance, legal measures relating to mask-wearing, social distancing, and access to medication and vaccines. The database will continue to grow as more countries and themes are added.”

The WHO note that poor lawmaking, poor law enforcement, and equally poor public policies can harm global populations (especially the most vulnerable populations) and hinder global efforts to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

Well-designed laws can help build strong health systems; evaluate and approve safe and effective drugs and vaccines; and enforce actions to create healthier and safer public spaces and workplaces

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