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Equity in healthcare

Ensuring equitable access to vaccine, medicinal product and medical equipment in a context of scarcity

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Health resources are limited and a constant concern for healthcare authorities. This can be exacerbated by events such as epidemiological outbreaks, manufacturing supply problems and changes in economic dynamics, thereby creating tension in the health system. In such instances, scarce healthcare resources need to be allocated based on strict prioritisation criteria. It is essential to ensure an equitable access while avoiding improvisation based on approaches of individual institutions or the intuition of healthcare providers in real time. After the adoption of the SAP and in the light of the public health crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDBIO decided to first elaborate a Statement on COVID-19 and vaccination which was published on 22 January 2021. As a second step the Steering Committee for Human Rights in the fields of Biomedicine and Health is working on a Recommendation on equitable access to scarce medicinal product and medical equipment.

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  • Set up a drafting group

Prepare a Recommendation on equitable access to scarce medicinal product and medical equipment.