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We must reimagine how to make life-saving vaccines available to everyone.
COVID-19 is not just a public health crisis. It is also a crisis of public reason.
Global trade, enslaved labor, and colonial warfare created demands for medicines that would work for anyone, anywhere. That pressure to view patients as interchangeable remains with us today.
Ensuring a COVID-19 vaccine is available to all makes both moral and economic sense.
Sanjay G. Reddy, Arnab Acharya
Pestilence and plague have often prompted waves of apocalyptic thinking, calling into question the steady march of progress in human history.
The Supreme Court’s recent ruling is only the latest twist in the convoluted legal history of women’s reproductive rights. The future looks no less partisan.
Pulse oximeters give biased results for people with darker skin. The consequences could be serious.
For weeks the country enforced a strict lockdown without providing adequate medical and economic support.
Debraj Ray, S. Subramanian
American medicine has long functioned as an elitist institution, putting professional prestige over the well-being of patients and physicians alike.
Marco Ramos, Tess Lanzarotta, Iris Chandler
A recent abortion ruling asks whether abortion access laws may one day be judged on how they serve women's health.
The debate over pandemic response is not only about the facts—including the grim death toll. It's also about the relationship between science and decision-making, where values inevitably play a role.
The UK government’s ultra-cautious approach to “evidence-based” policy has helped cast doubt on public health interventions. The definition of good medical and public health practice must be urgently updated.
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