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  • Writer's pictureThe Paladins

The United Nations in the Fight against Covid

The nature of the global Covid pandemic cries out for a multilateral intergovernmental resolution. Yet so far nothing has been proposed. The World Health Organization does not have legal authority to undertake the necessary role. The legal mechanics for vaccine passports and coordinating the distribution of vaccines to countries unable to afford them might benefit from a Security Council Resolution under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. There are credible grounds for thinking that a consensus of the P5 permanent members of the UN Security Council could be reached to achieve these goals. But the existing United Nations bureaucratic architecture may be too frail for so comprehensive a mandate, and strict accountability mechanisms must be put in place for the United Nations to achieve so complex a set of goals.

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