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Editorial Counterpoint: Speed should not overrun ethics in vaccine rollout

In response to the Star Tribune's Editorial "Minnesota puts the heat on vaccine providers", the Center for Bioethics' pandemic ethics expert Debra DeBruin, PhD wrote:

"The Star Tribune Editorial Board recently argued that "scrutiny is needed right now to ensure that the current [COVID-19] vaccine stock is being given promptly" ("State puts heat on vaccine providers," Jan. 28). I support the call for transparency about the state's pandemic response plans, and agree that "[t]he vaccine doesn't protect anyone if it's still in the vial." However, the focus on the speed with which vaccine is administered must be balanced against other considerations if the state's vaccine allocation plan is to be ethical."