Reshaping global health after COVID-19

Measures such as putting in place export restrictions and not suspending intellectual property (IP) rights on vaccines and treatment have been criticised for limiting vaccine access in poorer countries. [SULIT/SHUTTERSTOCK]

The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a new light on the necessity of addressing health inequalities across the globe.

As the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has remarked on several occasions, the pandemic will not end until everyone is protected globally.

However, measures such as putting in place export restrictions and refusing to suspend intellectual property (IP) rights on vaccines and treatment have been criticised for limiting vaccine access in poorer countries.

In this report, EURACTIV explores how the COVID emergency may provide an impetus for boosting global preparedness for future public health crises through international cooperation.

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