Harnessing expertise to rapidly integrate ethical thinking into policy-making

The UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator is a new initiative that brings UK ethics research expertise to bear on the multiple, ongoing ethical challenges arising during pandemics. We provide rapid evidence, guidance and critical analysis to decision-makers across science, medicine, government and public health. We also support public debate on key ethical challenges.

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This page from the Accelerator’s public values, transparency and governance work stream tracks studies and projects involving public engagement and covid-19.
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“In this letter to the Editor, Cian O’Donovan responds to a paper in the BMJ on emerging technologies that may impact nursing and healthcare. He argues that the cultures and histories of nursing should not be seen as an impediment to this task as the authors suggest. But rather as a rich repository that can guide innovation away from imposing technologies of control, and towards building democratic infrastructures of care. “
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“In this comment piece in the Observer, the Accelerator’s Dominic Wilkinson, and Trish Greenhalgh, professor of primary care health sciences, comment on the wisdom of lifting England’s covid restrictions fully on so-called Freedom Day. “
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In this blog for the Conversation Dominic Wilkinson, Jonathan Pugh and Julian Savulescu argue that whether we should continue testing and having bubbles in schools is not a scientific question, but an ethical one.
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In this blog for the International Long-Term Care Policy Network Cian O’Donovan writes about the Rapid Ethics Review of data use in the UK care home sector, in which he and colleagues argue that data infrastructures expanded to monitor and protect care homes during covid-19 are not sufficient to ensure adequate care and inform decision-making on an ongoing basis.
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This Rapid Ethics Review highlights the state-of-the-art research on the reasons for the denominator problem in care home data and shows how ethical arguments are critical in helping decision-makers understand the values and issues at play in designing better data infrastructures, and the urgency with which these infrastructures must be rolled out.
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In this blog for the Conversation Dominic Wilkinson, Jonathan Pugh and Julian Savulescu argue that the UK and other Western Countries should be giving vaccines to adults at high risk of serious illness in countries in urgent need of vaccine, rather than to low-risk populations, such as children within their own borders.