The Lancet Planetary Health

The injustice of COVID-19: we need a moral constitution for our planet’s health

COVID-19 and other diseases strike with inequality both within and between nations. Geographic, racial, social, and economic status affect COVID-19 risk. These factors dictate whether one receives quality care, substandard care, or no care at all— often the difference between full recovery and death. Did we have a moral obligation to prevent coronavirus? To contain it? To protect all or those within national boundaries? Whose responsibility was it? SP2 professor Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD discusses these questions and more in a new article in The Lancet Planetary Health.