The lack of coordination in the federative battle against COVID19 pandemics

Brazilian Constitution prescribes a decentralized system of public Health which is integrated by Union, States and local level. It also prescribes the common power to protect health and to provide public health services by SUS (Unified Health System). However, since the beginning of the pandemic, the president is making efforts in order to avoid scientific recommendations and to undermine federal and subnational efforts to fight COVID-19. For these reasons, Brazil’s Supreme Court had to enforce the constitutional provision that demands coordination and cooperation between branches and federal units. This paper which is part of a major research on the pandemics and the violation of human rights in Brazil done by the Center for the Studies of the Constitution (CCONS) analyzes some recent decisions by Brazil’s Supreme Court on cases concerning the pandemics and its aftermath.