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GHSN Policy Reports

The Global Health Security Network was formed to to bring together like minded professionals who wish to seek and share their knowledge and research on global health security. 

Throughout the year the GHSN will be commissioning quarterly policy reports from authors around the world, which will be available to download for members. 

If you are interested in producing a policy report for us please email with a proposal for your research. 

GHSN Policy Report 2. COVID-19 Vaccines and Intellectual Property

Written by:  Sam Halabi, JD, MPhil

Sharonann Lynch

Juliette McHardy, LLB, LLM

Center for Transformational Health Law, O'Neill Institute, Georgetown University

The latest variant of concern highlights yet again the urgent need to expedite vaccine access to every country and peoples of the world. Intellectual property rights are seen as one hurdle to achieving that universal access. This report, a joint initiative between the Global Health Security Network and Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute, outlines not only how and why IP rights are impeding efforts to make COVID vaccines accessible to all, but also offers some practical solutions for addressing the current vaccine shortages and building a more equitable system for the future.

Released 29 November 2021

GHSN Policy Report 1. The COVID-19 Pandemic vs Post-Truth

Written by Dr. Jennifer S. Hunt

National Security College, Crawford School of Public Policy ANU

Conspiracy theories constitute a growing challenge to tackling COVID-19. Alongside the global spread of the pandemic itself, spurious allegations of hoaxes, cures and secret cabals circumnavigate the global information commons, poisoning debate, eroding community consensus and paralysing policymaking. Conspiratorial assertions challenging the severity of the virus, the need for mitigation efforts, and the motives of state and public health communities have moved from the dark corners of the Internet to Facebook page pages and even elected officials. These narratives undermine public health messages and measures...

Released 1 September 2020

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