This webinar will illustrate how a broad range of topics in bioethics can be used to discuss COVID-19. The current pandemic does raise some new ethical issues, but we do not need to start from scratch as we can draw upon a wide range of previously produced discussions. For example, the literature in public health ethics has explored issues related to the prevention of infection and the justification for restrictive measures in the population. Preparedness and planning for infectious disease outbreaks are part of the obligations of governments, including ensuring that the most disadvantaged are protected. In addition, previous work in research ethics can be used to explore issues relating to clinical trials for treatments and vaccines in response to COVID-19 and literature from clinical ethics can help us when we think about issues such as the prioritization of resources and the extent of the duty to care for patients. In conclusion, the resources of bioethics can be seen to be central to any ethical response to a pandemic such as COVID-19.
This webinar is organized by APRU Global Health Program and
USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health.
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Date and Time
Friday, June 12, 2020
11 am (Sydney)/10 am (Tokyo/Seoul)/9 am (Hong Kong/Beijing)/8 am (Bangkok)
Thursday, June 11, 2020
6 pm Pacific Time (US & Canada)
This webinar is open to the public and will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.
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Angus Dawson is Professor of Bioethics and Director of Sydney Health Ethics at the University of Sydney, Australia. His main research interests are in public health ethics, research ethics, and methodology in bioethics. His work is increasingly focused on working with organizations to embed ethics into policy and everyday practice. He is currently writing a series of papers about key concepts in public health including solidarity, community, and trust as well as working on projects on Antimicrobial Resistance, Vaccine Prioritisation and the Ethics of Migration. He is the joint editor-in-Chief of the journal Public Health Ethics and was one of the editors of the casebook Global Perspectives on Public Health Ethics, which has been downloaded in full or in part over 500,000 times. You can download it for free here: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319238463.