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Equalizing the Genetic Lottery?

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By James Toomey. Kathryn Paige Harden’s The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality is a thoughtful, thorough, and well-written book about the compatibility of behavioral genetics with progressive ideology.

Major Questions about Vaccine Mandates, the Supreme Court, and the Major Questions Doctrine

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By Wendy Parmet and Dorit Reiss.

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Washington Psilocybin Bill Would Legalize Supported Adult Use

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By Mason Marks. On Tuesday, Washington State legislators filed SB 5660 , a bill that would legalize the supported adult use of psilocybin by people 21 years of age and older.

A Timeline of Biden’s Pandemic Response, Part 3: We Have the Tools (Sept. – Dec. 2021)

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This series, which will run in four parts, has been adapted from “ A year in, how has Biden done on pandemic response? ” which was originally published on January 5, 2022 on Medium. Read the first and second parts here. By Justin Feldman.

Will NIH Learn from Myriad when Settling Its mRNA Inventorship Dispute with Moderna?

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By Jorge L. Contreras. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is currently embroiled in a dispute over the ownership of patent rights to Moderna’s flagship mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA-1273).

Being an Adult in the Face of Omicron

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By Jennifer S. To those who believe that the federal government is a benign force doing the best they can to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and keep us all safe, I have two words of advice: Grow up. Neither the U.S.

The Government Needs to Construct On, Not Off, Ramps to Combat the Latest Wave of COVID

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By Jennifer S. Over the past two weeks, the news coming in about the spread of COVID-19 has been eerily familiar.

The Beginning of the End of Federalism As We Know It Here on Earth One and Earth 616?

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By Jennifer Bard. Friday’s emergency hearing by the Supreme Court regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) vaccine-or-test mandate was extraordinary both in that it happened at all and what took place.

Financial Burden of COVID-19 Shifts from Insurance to Patients

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By Bailey Kennedy. It’s no secret that health care in America sometimes leaves those without means struggling to pay for their care.

Who Has a Duty to Protect Your Health? The Answer May Surprise You

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By Jennifer S. One of the most frightening aspects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been the lack of a recognized and trusted source of health and safety information.

Monthly Round-Up of What to Read on Pharma Law and Policy

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Ameet Sarpatwari , Alexander Egilman , Aviva Wang, and? Aaron S. Kesselheim.

Decolonizing the Pandemic Treaty Through Vaccine Equity

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By Tlaleng Mofokeng, Daniel Wainstock, and Renzo Guinto. In recent years, there have been growing calls to “ decolonize ” the field of global health.

Can a Pandemic Lawmaking Exercise Promote Global Health Justice? — Final Symposium Editorial

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By Alicia Ely Yamin, on behalf of the editors*. Leer en español. Lire en français. Amid the unfolding “moral catastrophe” of COVID-19, and across the entries in this symposium, we see a clamor for any pandemic law-making exercise to promote more justice in global health.

Scientific Innovation in International Pandemic Lawmaking — Second Symposium Editorial

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By Pedro A. Villarreal, on behalf of the editors*. Leer en español. Lire en français. Perhaps there is some Utopia where scientific research could immediately provide us all the accurate data on a novel disease´s severity and fatality rate.

Legal and Ethical Analysis of Court-Ordered Ivermectin Treatment for COVID-19

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By Jennifer S. Bard. A judge in Ohio ruled on Monday that a hospital in the region must administer ivermectin to a patient very sick with COVID-19 in their ICU, despite the decision by the medical staff, in agreement with recent statements by the U.S.

Becoming a Bioethicist is Expensive. That’s a Problem.

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By Leah Pierson. The financial barriers associated with becoming a bioethicist make the field less accessible, undermining the quality and relevance of bioethics research. Because the boundaries of the field are poorly defined, credentials often serve as a gatekeeping mechanism.

Addressing IP Barriers in the Context of a Pandemic Treaty

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This post was originally published on the Verfassungsblog as part of our joint symposium on international pandemic lawmaking. By Paul Ogendi.

Why We Need a Transformative Right-to-Health Pandemic Treaty Now

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By Martín Hevia and Ximena Benavides. Acknowledging what went wrong during the COVID-19 pandemic is crucial to any pandemic lawmaking efforts. Chief among these concerns should be the centrality of human rights to global health security.

Preventing Misuse of COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Exemptions

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By Ross D. Silverman and Gabriel T. Bosslet. As COVID-19 vaccination mandates become increasingly common , we can expect exemption requests (and misuse) to become increasingly widespread, too.

What Makes Social Movements ‘Healthy’?

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By Wendy E. Parmet. Social movements can play an important role in promoting population health and reducing health disparities. Yet, their impact need not be salutatory, as is evident by the worrying success that the anti-vaccination movement has had in stoking fears about COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 is Still a Crisis for All

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By Chloe Reichel. Recently, a narrative that COVID-19 is now a “ pandemic of the unvaccinated ” has emerged. Setting aside the callousness of the claim, the biggest problem with this narrative is that it’s wrong.

Whose Global Health Security?

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By Aeyal Gross. The current discussion within the World Health Organization (WHO) of a “ pandemic treaty ” aims at better solutions to “health emergencies.”.

The Surprising Shape of COVID Fraud

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By James Toomey. When the world went into lockdown in March 2020, many commentators noticed that social isolation could offer scammers an unprecedented opportunity to take advantage of people’s fear and loneliness. But they didn’t anticipate that fraud would generally affect a range of age groups.

The Right to Participation in Global Health Governance: Lessons Learned

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This post was originally published on the Verfassungsblog as part of our joint symposium on international pandemic lawmaking. By Sara (Meg) Davis, Mike Podmore, and Courtenay Howe. What should the role of those most affected by pandemics be in future pandemic governance and co-ordination mechanisms?

The Supreme Court’s Rulings on COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates, Explained

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By Kaitlynn Milvert. In a pair of rulings issued January 13 , the Supreme Court put on hold the federal vaccine-or-test requirements for large employers , but allowed federal vaccination requirements for health care workers to take effect while they are litigated in the lower federal courts.

Medical Schools Need to Do More to Reduce Students’ Debt

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By Leah Pierson. Today, the average medical student graduates with more than $215,000 of debt from medical school alone. The root cause of this problem — rising medical school tuitions — can and must be addressed.

A ‘Middle Ground’ in the Legal Abortion Debate Disproportionately Harms Marginalized Communities

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By Adrienne R. Ghorashi, Esq. All eyes are on SCOTUS after the Court heard oral arguments on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and issued narrow rulings in cases related to Texas SB8 early this month.

The CMS Vaccine Mandate: The Nationwide Injunction and What It Means

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By Kaitlynn Milvert. On November 30, 2021, a federal district court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction to block the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine requirements for health care workers.

In Academia, Innovators Receive Unfair Compensation for Their Discoveries

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By Matt Bauer. In academia, many of the scientists who are recognized as inventors on patents see little economic gain from these agreements. Instead, royalties are primarily assigned toward their home institutions.

There’s More to Decision-Making Capacity than Cognitive Function

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The Health Law, Policy, Bioethics, and Biotechnology Workshop provides a forum for discussion of new scholarship in these fields from the world’s leading experts. Though the Workshop is typically open to the public, it is not currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Equipping the Next Generation of Health Justice Leaders

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By Yael Cannon. Health justice begins with exploring and understanding health disparities and the role of law in facilitating the social, political, and economic determinants at their roots.

The Pandemic Treaty and Intellectual Property Sharing: Making Vaccine Knowledge a Public Good 

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By Ellen ‘t Hoen. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the lack of regulation for the sharing of intellectual property (IP) and technology needed for an effective and equitable response to the crisis.

The Target of Health Justice

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By Sridhar Venkatapuram . As we amplify, further develop, and advise in the realizing of health justice, there would be much benefit in clarifying the basic units of moral concern.

For Health and Happiness, Renters Should Be Allowed to Have Pets

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By Bailey Kennedy. Many people who would benefit from pet ownership and who would be fantastic pet owners are restricted from owning pets. Because they are renters. Policies that reliably allow renters to have pets could be a useful tool in promoting a happier, healthier population.

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Building Power Across Movements for Health Justice 

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By Solange Gould. At its core, public health is the radical concept that everyone has a fundamental right to the conditions required for health and well-being.