Pandemics, Protocols, and Justice: Ethical Issues in Resource Allocation and Health Equity During COVID-19 and Beyond
Jessica C. Shand MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Humanities, and Bioethics
University of Rochester Medical Center
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fundamental ethical issues in healthcare access, scarce resource allocation, and equity. This presentation will discuss the application of ethical models to dilemmas raised by the pandemic, including ventilator allocation, outcome disparities, and vaccine distribution. Strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for innovation at the intersection of ethics, data science, and population health will be highlighted.
1. Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of ethical models for scarce resource allocation during a pandemic.
2. Understand ethical arguments for and against the inclusion of children in scarce resource allocation protocols.
3. Recognize ethical issues impacting health equity in COVID-19, including vaccine allocation and research.