Ethics and Emerging Infectious Diseases Response

The rising number of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) in recent years and the current global pandemic have not only brought to light the continued challenges in clinical care of patients during the emergence of new pathogens, but also challenges to human protection and distributive justice both nationally and on a global scale. Research and care of highly communicable and novel pathogens, particularly in biocontainment settings are fraught by ethical dilemmas, which often end up having to be resolved ad hoc during crisis, rather than through principled evaluation along an accepted framework.

CEID’s multidisciplinary faculty group and partners aim to develop practical and capacity-based approaches to applying ethical principles and guidelines to the challenges of emerging infectious outbreaks. Our hope is to advance the ethical frameworks that govern healthcare infrastructure, distributive justice, social and public policy.

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