The COVID-19 pandemic has raised a number of distinctive and profound ethical challenges. It is therefore unsurprising that public health authorities have turned to ethicists for advice when developing and implementing policies and measures in their pandemic response. This has created many opportunities for ethicists to enhance the moral quality of public health decision-making; however, it has also raised a number of challenges, both substantive and procedural. This seminar presents the experiences and perspectives of ethicists who have played key roles in advising public health authorities in four countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chair: Prof. Michael Parker, Director of the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and the ETHOX Centre, University of Oxford
Prof. Dr. Alena Buyx, Technical University Munich and German Ethics Council.
Prof. Florencia Luna, Director of the Bioethics Program at FLACSO (Latin American School of Social Sciences), Principal Researcher at CONICET (Argentina)
Dr. Maxwell J. Smith, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Health Ethics, Law, & Policy (HELP) Lab, Western University, Canada