The Transnational Human Rights Review

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Freedom of Information Requests (FOIRs) provide the window of access to COVID-19 vaccine supply contracts in times of crisis, yet for COVID-19 supply contracts, FOIRs have recorded limited success due to barriers which have either been legal, institutional, political or a combination of all of these. Despite State’s commitment to freedom of information and open contracting at both the national and international level, the urgency to procure vaccines led many countries to prioritize public health goals over protecting the public’s right of access to information. This empirical study examines freedom of information requests related to COVID-19 vaccine supply contracts to understand the legal, political, and instructional strategies that enabled the regime of vaccine secrecy and assesses the human rights implications using a human rights impact assessment (HRIA) framework.

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