Laws can help protect our rights and can be great tools of knowledge to help guide of dangers. The problem with laws vs freedom is in the fact that when laws are created outside of science people they can be also used to do harm or enslave people. Laws in this can are rules and these types of rules have been in our history as a species for thousands of years to keep us safe from harm and to keep herds of people alive. At the same time, some of these rules through history have been seen to keep person oppressed and impoverished. Creation of a database and global committee to watch over different laws to keep people safe to ensure the herds of people have essential rights and protection so we can thrive as a species and develop society and reach out into the cosmos.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global challenge. It has seen a vast increase in urgent legislative action to control and reduce the pandemic. Well-designed laws can help build strong health systems; evaluate and approve safe and effective drugs and vaccines; advance human rights, and enforce actions to create healthier and safer public spaces and workplaces.
The COVID-19 Law Lab initiative gathers and shares legal documents from over 190 countries across the world to help states establish and implement strong legal frameworks to manage the pandemic. The goal is to ensure that laws protect the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and that they adhere to international human rights standards. The Lab is a joint project of the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Georgetown University. As we work to build as complete a set of laws as possible, we invite the world into this collaboration.
Here is the Director-General of the WHO has to say:
WHO, the United Nations Development Programme and Georgetown University launched the COVID-19 Law Lab, a database of laws that countries have implemented in response to the pandemic.
It includes state of emergency declarations, quarantine measures, disease surveillance, legal measures relating to mask-wearing, physical distancing, and access to medication and vaccines.
Well-designed laws can help to build strong health systems; evaluate and approve safe and effective drugs and vaccines; and enforce actions to create healthier and safer public spaces and workplaces.
However, laws that are poorly designed, implemented or enforced can harm marginalized populations, entrench stigma and discrimination, and hinder efforts to end the pandemic.
The database will continue to grow as more countries and themes are added.
But even more powerful than the law is giving people the information they need to protect themselves and others.
The best way to suppress transmission and save lives is by engaging individuals and communities to manage their own risk and take evidence-based decisions to protect their own health and that of those around them.
The pandemic has disrupted the lives of billions of people. Many have been at home for months.
It’s completely understandable that people want to get on with their lives.
But we will not be going back to the “old normal”. The pandemic has already changed the way we live our lives. Part of adjusting to the “new normal” is finding ways to live our lives safely.
It can be done, but how to do it will depend on where you live and your circumstances.
It’s all about making good choices.
We still have increasing number of COVID19 infections and we need to do the right things bring the number of infections in control. This Law Database might be able to help. It will bring the right information to governments worldwide. In a case where government and global leaders are spreading bad information that is actually harming people so that politicians gain votes and control people for the wrong reasons a Global Database could be the tool to help bring the best information to help relief efforts and save lives.
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