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Doctors Who Knowingly Spread COVID-19 Lies Should be Held Accountable

Originally published by STAT, September 27, 2022. The California State Legislature has sent a bill to Gov. Gavin Newsom that strengthens discipline for doctors who knowingly spread Covid-19 misinformation. Legislation like this is sorely needed across the country. More than two years into the pandemic, Covid-19 misinformation still runs rampant. Some comes from doctors spreading lies about unproven — […]

October 5, 2022
COVID-19, When Doctors Harm
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Six Priorities for New White House Coronavirus Coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes and congratulates Dr. Ashish Jha on his new position as the White House Coronavirus Coordinator, which he began this month. PHR is grateful for Dr. Jha’s service on our Board of Directors and wishes him well in this critical role. Dr. Jha takes up this new role at a […]

May 2, 2022
COVID-19
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At UN General Assembly, PHR Joins Coalition Action for Urgent Acceleration of Global Vaccine Access

Despite the rapid development of effective vaccines and efforts to ramp up production, much of the world’s population has limited – if any – access to vaccines, while high-income countries continue to hoard vaccine doses and refuse to take the necessary steps to ensure equitable global distribution. As global leaders gathered in New York City […]

September 22, 2021
COVID-19
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As COVID-19 Surges, ICE Detainees Face Disease, Vaccine Inequity, and Neglect

Separation of families. Denial of medication and medical care. Nonconsensual medical procedures. For decades, health and rights advocates have documented abuses against people held in U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) detention. However, as COVID-19 began to rage across the United States, pandemic-related inadequacies worsened conditions for detainees and exacerbated the existing threats to their health […]

August 31, 2021
Asylum, COVID-19
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Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Need Urgent Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

Hopes of controlling the COVID-19 pandemic are increasing, with nearly five billion doses of vaccines administered globally. Yet for vulnerable populations such as Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, there is a long road ahead. As a result of the violent August 2017 crackdown on Rohingya previously living in Myanmar, Bangladesh hosts a population of nearly one […]

August 23, 2021
COVID-19, Rohingya
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Latest COVID-19 Surge Pushes More Iraqis to Get Vaccinated, But Hesitancy Still Remains

As COVID-19 continues to ravage low- and middle-income countries, Iraq struggles to manage the pandemic within its borders. It continues to have one of the lowest vaccination rates in the Middle East: to date, only about one million people have been fully vaccinated, representing less than two percent of a population of approximately 40 million. […]

August 12, 2021
COVID-19
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COVID-19 Recovery and the Right to Health

While COVID-19 “recovery” usually implies a patient’s recuperation from physical symptoms, the recovery of health care systems from systemic fractures exposed by the pandemic is equally pressing. With 7 out of 10 Black Americans reporting unfair treatment by the medical establishment, and the grossly inadequate safety measures provided for immigrants in U.S. Immigration and Customs […]

August 9, 2021
COVID-19
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6 Things You Should Know about COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates and Human Rights

Requirements for certain groups of people to be vaccinated against COVID-19, known as vaccine “mandates,” have generated significant debate, including in institutions of higher education and health care settings in the United States. More mandates are likely to be instituted in the United States as vaccine manufacturers seek full approval from the Food and Drug […]

July 14, 2021
COVID-19
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COVID-19 Vaccine Access in Kenya Illustrates Dire Global Inequity

“It’s been a total nightmare. I’ve called eight different government and private facilities today alone trying to schedule a vaccine appointment for my parents. Each facility has a different set of rules; some even charge for the vaccine – none had available appointments.” That’s how Suzanne Kidenda, program officer for the Physicians for Human Rights […]

June 14, 2021
COVID-19
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Key Steps the Government Must Take to Provide COVID Vaccines to People in Immigration Detention

COVID-19 has taken a terrible toll on people in immigration detention. There have been devastating outbreaks in detention centers across the country, driven by authorities’ disregard for public health guidance and the human rights of detainees. A January report co-authored by our organization, Physicians for Human Rights, exposed widespread violations of basic protective protocols, with […]

June 10, 2021
Asylum, COVID-19