Viral Ethics: Distributing Vaccines

Looming on the horizon is a major ethical question: If and when we get an effective vaccine for the coronavirus, how should we prioritize distribution? Already public surveys indicate considerable disagreement on who should be at the top of the list, but those surveys have all focused on distribution here in the United States. In a thought-provoking column in The Washington Post this morning, Michael Gerson argued that we need a global approach.

The column, which you’ll find here, is well worth your time.  


Did I Do the Right Thing?

One of the problems with writing an ethics blog is the need to live up to a very high standard—to practice not only what I preach, but also what others might preach. It’s like someone is always looking over my shoulder to make sure I do the right thing.

That’s not a bad thing. It’s a question of having a conscience and being willing to be frank with myself.

And with my readers.

Which leads me to ask your advice on something I did this week.

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