Ethics Reading and Resources
In this section, IU Center for Bioethics faculty and staff share articles that address important topics related to bioethics and the COVID-19 pandemic. This section is updated regularly as new articles and topics come up, so bookmark the page and return regularly for new articles and discussion.
Public Health Policy: The world is facing unprecedented challenges in coping with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The best way forward, internationally, nationally, and locally, will be through implementation of robust public health policies that are based on the latest scientific evidence. With these policies, though, come essential bioethical questions.
Vaccine Ethics: Even as the COVID-19 vaccine opens the possibility of an end to the pandemic, it also raises many ethical and practical questions, perhaps most essentially how to equitably distribute this widely sought item that is in such limited supply. Should the most vulnerable or perhaps the most essential get it first, but who exactly, in what order? And how to respond to those who remain skeptical of the vaccine or reject it outright? What about so-called "immunity passports" that give some people special freedoms to move or work? This section highlights conversations that must happen in order that we move forward together.
Racial Disparities: The tragic history of racial mistreatment and bias in the US has always affected healthcare and research involving people of color. These disparities are now contributing to the disproportionate rates of death faced by Black Americans.