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.
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Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.
July 30, 2020 • ~7 min
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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.
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
There are two principles governments use to make public health decisions, and on mask-wearing they're in direct conflict.
May 5, 2020 • ~7 min
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Being a member of a certain age group shouldn't be a liability.
April 22, 2020 • ~6 min
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The fundamental ethos of the NHS is egalitarian.
April 7, 2020 • ~5 min
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Trying to maximise lives saved will inevitably be contentious and imperfect.
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