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Impact of COVID-19 on right to health.

Global COVID19 Right to Health

Definition: Right to Health

Understanding the right to health is important. Modeling what works best for one’s country, and holding government responsible for supporting that is also key.

The right to health is the economic, social, and cultural right to a universal minimum standard of health to which all individuals are entitled. Right to health insures humanity is not left behind, and has been emphasized in World Health Organization and international agreements including:

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Top 10 Healthiest Nations in the World

Health IS wealth, the inverse, does not seem to hold true. The wealthiest nations that have more resources, do not generally rank higher in creating better country conditions for living.

  1. Italy
  2. Iceland
  3. Switzerland
  4. Singapore
  5. Australia
  6. Spain
  7. Japan
  8. Sweden
  9. Israel
  10. Luxemborg
Bloomberg Healthiest Countries List
Healthiest Countries in the World

Challenges of Equitable Right to Health

Agreement in theory is vastly different than agreement and alignment to practical implementation. While most agree with the standard of health that entitles basic individual rights to health, there is much debate on the interpretation and application of the right to health due in certain case considerations:

  • how health should be defined
  • what minimum entitlements should be included
  • and who is responsible for delivering them

Most countries struggle to cope with the COVID impact on rights to healthcare :

12/2020 Health and Human Rights Journal presented a great study on the topic of COVID 19 Impacts on interpretations to Right to Health standardization. The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ assessed and noted the United Kingdom’s five core obligations arising from the Covid Pandemic, influencing the proper response to the right to health:

(1) to ensure the right of access to health facilities, goods, and services on a non-discriminatory basis;

(2) to ensure access to the minimum essential food;

(3) to take measures to prevent, treat, and control epidemic and endemic diseases;

(4) to provide education and access to information concerning health; and

(5) to provide appropriate training for health personnel.[7]

Bloomberg has defined new leaders in Covid 19 Response and support of human rights to healthcare

More than 535 million COVID Vaccine doses have been administered across 141 countries, according to data collected by Bloomberg, and the wealthiest countries account for 60% of the purchase of Coronavirus vaccines, but stockpiling vaccine’s does not make a country more healthy. CNN shared recently an interactive map of the number of COVID Cases and Deaths Per 100K people per country.

Active immunizations does make a country more healthy, and Israel rocketed to rank number 1 in administering the COVID Immunization, and rank 9 in the top 10 healthiest countries due to their agility in adapting to the demands of human rights access to healthcare during the global pandemic. They secured their country and lead immunization.

According to CNN and Johns Hopkins data, Israel’s high level response to protective preventative measures has improved the rate of doubling the spread of coronavirus to 3 years.

USA, the wealthiest country, is a D- in universal healthcare during the global pandemic

The USA gets a D- for universal healthcare, in part due to the COVID Pandemic introducing new challenges and demands for what is the right and what is sufficient? Although the right to health care is widely recognized as a universal human right, the United States values insurance over healthcare, and as a result fails to recognize a suffiicent or equitable universal human right to healthcare in accordance with the World Health Organization.

According to CNN and Johns Hopkin’s Live Coverage of Global Pandemic most impacted countries, its important to note that Country wealth does not imply Health.

USA is one of the richest countries in the world, yet ranks in the lowest half, (34 in 50 Countries) due to insufficient response by USA to provide sufficient COVID Global Pandemic Medical Care for Unemployed /Uninsured. The USA has the rank number 1 largest volume of Coronavirus Cases with 30M cases and 549K deaths. New USA Cases of Coronavirus are doubling every 10 months.

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