Opinion | Vaccine Equity: The U.S. Needs to Share Its Supply

Readers, including a Canadian, urge the U.S. to be more generous in giving doses to other nations.

To the Editor:

Re “Missed Chances to Share Doses in Poor Nations” (front page, March 22):

The gravest challenges now facing mankind — the Covid virus and climate change being two prime examples — refuse to respect national borders. Yet, notwithstanding the promise in the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international law instruments to protect and ensure the human rights of all people, states continue to view their responsibilities as stopping at their own national borders.

Not only are human rights universal, but the obligation to protect those rights are universal as well. Without this understanding of human rights, we will continue to be left with the “beggar thy neighbor” policies on display with respect to the availability of the Covid vaccine.

Mark Gibney
Asheville, N.C.
The writer is one of the founding members of the Extraterritorial Obligations human rights consortium.

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