Ethics Grand Rounds: Ethical Implications of Disparities Observed in COVID-19 for Scarce Resource Allocation

Ethical Implications of Disparities Observed in COVID-19 for Scarce Resource Allocation

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Ethics Grand Rounds:

COVID-19 continues to shine a light on the deep disparities present throughout the United States, in terms of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. This talk shows mortality data, as well as occupational case data, from Minnesota and examine what this means for the ethical allocation of scarce resources, including vaccines.

Speakers

JP Leider, PhD, is a  senior lecturer in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Bioethics. He is a member of the Minnesota COVID Ethics Collaborative and SME on the Minnesota Vaccine Allocation Advisory Group. He is the UMN lead on the Minnesota Resource Allocation Platform (MNRAP), a joint project between UMN and MDH that equitably connects Minnesotans with monoclonal antibody infusions.

Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sociology; Faculty member, Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota | Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, Ph.D., specializes in racial inequality in mortality and historical infectious disease and co-leads (with J.P. Leider) an ongoing project on COVID-19 mortality in Minnesota. She is also a quantitative methodologist, developing models designed to clarify relationships between micro and macro perspectives on demographic relationships.