Pandemic Ethics

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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.

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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:
COVID-19 vaccination record and vaccine vial
Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, PhD is quoted: “We have criticisms of the way the initial vaccine rollout happened, but there was really a very significant effort to get everyone…
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Every October, bioethicists from across the country gather for the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities's (ASBH) annual conference.
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The recently published edited volume Ethical Public Health Policy Within Pandemics (Boylan, M. 2022) includes a chapter on “Pandemic Disparities: Equity and Neutral Conceptions of…
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Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, PhD weighs in on demographers working together so that officials can produce numbers we all can trust.
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In the recently published commentary in JAMA Network Open, "Supporting the Public Health Workforce Requires Collective Actions to Address Harassment and Threats", Sarah Gollust,…
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Despite higher vaccination rates of nonwhites in Minnesota, Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, PhD connects greater societal issues to the disproportionate COVID deaths among people of…