COVID-19 / Responses to the pandemic: committee to assess lessons for the future at hearing

In the context of the COVID-19 epidemic which has spread to all continents –resulting in more than 4 million cases of infection and 280,000 deaths worldwide to date – what conclusive lessons can be drawn and used in the event of future health crises, while giving priority to human rights?

The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will address this question at a virtual parliamentary hearing on Tuesday 19 May, with a view to identifying effective and human rights-compliant responses and an equitable management of the social, economic, financial and political consequences of the pandemic.

The discussion will be launched by speakers invited specifically for the occasion: Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Rebecca Katz, Professor and Director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University (USA), Dr David Nabarro, Special Envoy on COVID-19 to the World Health Organization Director-General, as well as Dunja Mijatovic, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.

This hearing will serve as a basis for the preparation of a report to be adopted at a forthcoming meeting of the committee. The rapporteur on this issue is due to be appointed on 19 May in the morning.

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The virtual hearing will take place on Tuesday 19 May from 2 to 4 pm. For technical reasons, it cannot be streamed online for external viewers.