Vaccine Passports: Equity and Human Rights Considerations

Are “vaccine passports” helpful or harmful, from a public health, ethics and human rights perspective? Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) hosted a discussion on the controversy over proof-of-vaccination requirements.

The conversation was moderated by Max Hadler, MA, MPH, PHR’s COVID-19 senior policy expert.

Featured panelists:

  • Arthur Caplan, PhD is Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics at New York University Grossman School of Medicine and the founding head of the division of medical ethics at NYU Langone Health. He is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID and Monitored Emergency Use of Unregistered and Investigational Interventions Committee.
  • Lawrence Gostin, JD is university professor, director, and founding chair of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law School. He is a Georgetown University professor of medicine and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health professor of public health. He serves as director of the WHO Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law.
  • Orsolya Reich, PhD is senior advocacy officer at the Civil Liberties Union for Europe in Berlin. She is an external lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and served as an adjunct lecturer at Princeton University.
  • Soumya Swaminathan, MD, MBBS is chief scientist at the WHO in Geneva, a pediatrician, and a globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV. She is an elected foreign fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, a fellow of all three science academies in India, and has previously served on several WHO and global advisory bodies and committees and as co-chair of the Lancet Commission on Tuberculosis.

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