Eric A. Friedman is the global health justice scholar at the Georgetown University Law Center's O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law in Washington. He works on global health and human rights projects and scholarship, with a focus on equity, empowerment, and accountability. Previously, Eric was senior global health policy adviser at Physicians for Human Rights.
While there is much data available on COVID-19, it is unorganized, sometimes inaccessible, and of varying quality. This op-ed calls for an information platform to help provide policymakers, health workers, and civil society with vital information that could save lives.
One concrete step that could serve as a foundation for comprehensive action towards health equity would be for countries to develop and implement National Health Equity Strategies, grounded in human rights and its command of non-discrimination. What might these strategies look like?