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When suspicion replaces evidence in public health

Sarah Hodges & Julia Hornberger & Dr Ushehwedu Kufakurinani & Shalini Rudra & Christopher Sirrs & Nishpriha Thakur & Sharifah Sekalala

The UK Government’s decision not to recognise people as vaccinated if they received COVID-19 vaccines in most of Latin America, Africa, and south Asia received widespread condemnation. Many commentators have rightly called out this discriminatory policy, which unfairly targets people from low-income countries. However, as a group of scholars from the medical humanities and social sciences, we are particularly concerned that the way in which the government makes decisions about which countries are exempt from quarantine once fully vaccinated dispenses with evidence-based policy making …

Hodges, Sarah, Julia Hornberger, Ushehwedu Kufakurinani, Shalini Rudra, Christopher Sirrs, Nishpriha Thakur and Sharifah Sekalala. 2021. “When suspicion replaces evidence in public health.” The Lancet 398, October 30: 1565-1566.

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