This column explores the global health law reforms necessary to progressively realize universal access to a future COVID-19 vaccine. We begin by explaining the importance of global health law in the distribution of essential vaccines as a determinant of public health. The column then turns to examine the human rights foundations of global health law, conceptualizing vaccination access as a universal human right. We find that it will be crucial to develop legal commitments to ensure vaccine access prior to a scientific breakthrough, analyzing the legal barriers that impede global access and the global health law reforms necessary to facilitate global solidarity.
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol. 48, Issue 3, at 622-626.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Gostin, Lawrence O.; Karim, Safura Abdool; and Meier, Benjamin Mason, "Facilitating Access to a COVID-19 Vaccine through Global Health Law" (2020). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2310.