Challenge trials for a coronavirus vaccine are unethical – except for in one unlikely scenario

Challenge trials – purposefully exposing volunteers to the coronavirus – could speed up the development of a vaccine. But there are serious ethical concerns with this approach.

Ben Bramble, Visiting Fellow, Princeton University • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus ethics risk pandemic philosophy vaccines sars-cov-2 viruses lockdown bioethics essential-workers

Don't blame cats for destroying wildlife – shaky logic is leading to moral panic

Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.

Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity birds ethics mice science australia rats cats sixth-mass-extinction conservation-biology logic justice moral-panic predator compassion apex-predators habitat-degradation

Ending the pandemic will take global access to COVID-19 treatment and vaccines – which means putting ethics before profits

The high cost of pharmaceuticals often means only the richest patients get lifesaving medicines. As coronavirus drugs emerge, it will require hard, creative work to ensure they're available to all.

Nicole Hassoun, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus global-health ethics inequality tuberculosis prescription-drug-prices remdesivir covid-19-vaccine religion-and-society bioethics access-to-medicines drug-prices essential-medicines polio-vaccination ethical-dilemma

Coronavirus: why you need to wear a face mask in France, but not in the UK

There are two principles governments use to make public health decisions, and on mask-wearing they're in direct conflict.

Fiona McDonald, Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  public-health  covid-19  coronavirus  ethics  ppe  face-masks  public-health-policies

Coronavirus: allocating ICU beds and ventilators based on age is discriminatory

Being a member of a certain age group shouldn't be a liability.

Alexandru Marcoci, Teaching Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • conversation
April 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus ethics pandemic discrimination triage age

Boris Johnson will be receiving the same special treatment other patients do in NHS intensive care

The fundamental ethos of the NHS is egalitarian.

Dominic Wilkinson, Consultant Neonatologist and Professor of Ethics, University of Oxford • conversation
April 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  ethics  boris-johnson  icu

Coronavirus and triage: a medical ethicist on how hospitals make difficult decisions

Trying to maximise lives saved will inevitably be contentious and imperfect.

Anthony Wrigley, Professor of Ethics, Keele University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  ethics  hospitals  healthcare  triage  biomedical-ethics

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