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COVID-19: The Contested Ethics of a Vaccine

October 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT

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A SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to alleviate COVID-19 is coming, but its development and distribution will be complex and fraught with ethical concerns. Bioethicists have been grappling with vaccine-related issues since the onset of the pandemic, tackling questions such as:

  • Can we justify intentionally exposing humans to infection to rapidly test a potential vaccine?
  • How can we reconcile the need for fast vaccine development with an ethical and rigorous scientific process?
  • How can we distribute the vaccine fairly in the likely event that the number of initial doses cannot meet demand? Who gets the vaccine first?
  • How can officials maintain trust with the public during distribution?

Join bioethicists Pilar Ossorio (Morgridge Institute for Research), Jonathan Kimmelman (McGill University), and Seema Shah (Northwestern University) to hear more on these topics, followed by a live Q&A session. Register today.


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October 27
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm