Dr. Mary T. Bassett, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights and Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, recently co-authored “Public Health Calls for Solidarity, Not Warfare” featured in Foreign Affairs.
In the article, Drs. Bassett and Natalia Linos raise concerns about the police enforcement of the COVID-19 response, particularly towards poor and minority communities. “Saving lives during this pandemic will require a different approach from simply ‘policing bad behavior.'”, says Drs. Bassett and Linos. “Individual failures are not driving high rates of infection—rather, the infection reveals structural failures in the manner in which societies are organized.”