Human Rights Responses Against Vaccine Apartheid

The origins of and solutions to vaccine apartheid are not just a human rights issue. They are fundamentally a problem of political economy and global justice. In the words of Partners in Health's Alicia Ely Yamin and Paul Farmer, “Even now, well over a year since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, the greatest obstacles to health justice stem not from a novel pathogen, but from the pathogenic forces of apathy, cynicism, marginalization, and historical amnesia that drive us to accept the suffering of the poor as inevitable misfortunes to be endured, as opposed to injustices to be cured.”

These articles go beyond denouncing the problem. They advocate solutions that address the current health emergency and prevent future ones.