COVID-19: Bioethics

corona virus world people

The Center for Bioethics is promoting ethical responses to the COVID-19 pandemic through academic scholarship, media interviews, educational opportunities, statewide collaboration, and institutional implementation of ethical guidelines.

Contact The Center for Bioethics

MN COVID Ethics Collaborative Guidance:

MCEC has created a number of Minnesota statewide guidances that have been adopted and disseminated by the Minnesota Department of Health.

History of Collaboration

Prior to COVID-19, the Center collaborated to produce previous guidance for the State of Minnesota on pandemic ethics and crisis standards of care, including:
Healthcare worker in PPE running hand across forehead in exhaustion
Director Debra DeBruin, PhD and affiliate JP Leider, PhD share their reflections on incorporating ethical principles of healthcare when resources are strained.
Staff members in a bright hallway socially distancing in line with masks on waiting to have their temperature checked
This three part series is hosted by the University of St. Thomas' Opus College of Business via the The Melrose & The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership.
A COVID-19 Vaccine Record card with a pen laid across a green backdrop
Clinical Ethicist Joel Wu, JD, MPH, MA, HEC-C weighs in on the dilemma.
Two CDC COVID-19 Vaccination cards on a table
Clinical Ethicist, Joel Wu, JD, MPH, MA, HEC-C discusses how hospital staff can respond to questions about their vaccination status.
Person of color in a white coat holding the hands of another person of color
Affiliate J.P. Leider, PhD, pushes back on the success of political agendas to remove public health policies addressing health disparities based on race.