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Quick Byte: Global health before COVID-19


How quickly things change. On September 23, 2019 – months before the COVID-19 pandemic struck – at a UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, heads of state from around the world pledged to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.

“This will be an unprecedented moment in public health: according to the declaration being negotiated by member states, this commitment is being made globally ‘for the first time.’ Whether or not the new commitment succeeds will depend on a large degree of advocacy at the national level.”


1. Carter M, Emmel A. The Global Community Has Pledged To Achieve Universal Health Coverage: What’s It Going To Take? Health Affairs Blog, 2019 Sept 23. doi: 10.1377/hblog20190920.827005.

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