Coronavirus: Healthcare heroes need protection

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States and businesses must urgently step up their efforts to ensure that healthcare workers fighting the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide receive adequate protective equipment, said Baskut Tuncak, UN special rapporteur on hazardous substances:

The brave doctors, nurses, emergency first-responders and other medical professionals working on the front lines of the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic are heroes. Their tireless work and self-sacrifice show the best of humanity. They must be protected.

Yet, unacceptable shortages in critical protective equipment continue to be a grave concern in nearly all countries battling the coronavirus.

I applaud the many businesses that are rising to the challenge, producing much needed personal protective equipment for these healthcare providers. These efforts are to be commended. But far more is needed around the world.

Of particular concern is the inequality in the distribution of necessary personal protective equipment within and between countries. The Covid-19 situation in low-income countries is of grave concern. States must ensure that countries with fewer resources have the necessary protective equipment for all their healthcare providers.

Public and private funds are urgently needed to ensure that protective equipment and other medical supplies are universally available and accessible. States and businesses should ensure that financial obstacles are removed and that supplies are provided at no cost for low-income countries.

Hoarding of essential protective equipment, exploitation of demand or profiteering from the current crisis is abhorrent. States must take immediate measures to effectively deter such conduct.

It is time to put aside our differences and to work together to protect the most vulnerable people from this virus, the elderly and those who bravely care for them: our healthcare workers.

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Source: United Nations Human Rights Special Procedures

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