The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic has had a disruptive impact on many lives around the world, exacerbated the vulnerability of the least protected groups in society, and uncovered structural inequalities and problems in multiple areas of social, economic, civil and political life. Integrating a human rights-based approach during this pandemic is not only a moral imperative but it is also key to an effective COVID-19 response. A human rights-based approach entails integrating human rights principles into the COVID-19 response, relying on the best available evidence to inform decision-making, and fostering global collaboration to ensure equitable allocation of resources needed to mount an effective response.
Safeguarding the right to health stands at the cornerstone of a human rights-based approach in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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