Our outputs include rapid research reviews, commentaries and policy guidance, as well as commissioned research, consultation responses and stakeholder engagement. A selection of recent UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator outputs follow.
The Accelerator offers a diversity of intellectual views and analysis. All branded outputs have been peer reviewed before publication.
Government healthy weight strategies: Ethical considerations
In this Rapid Ethics Review, John Coggon explores how ethical arguments help us to understand the values at play in public health framings of an ‘obesity epidemic’.
Learning to live with COVID – the tough choice
Jonathan Pugh, Dominic Wilkinson and Julian Savulescu discuss the ‘trilemma’ associated with a viral suppression strategy in this article in The Conversation.View contentlaunch
Sense and sensitivity: can an inaccurate test be better than no test at all?
After news earlier this month that covid-19 lateral flow tests will be offered twice-weekly to people in England, Accelerator colleagues Jonathan Pugh, Dominic Wilkinson and Julian Savulescu have published a paper addressing the ethical questions raised by them in the...View contentlaunch
There’s no need to pause vaccine rollouts when there’s a safety scare. Give the public the facts and let them decide
Julian Savulescu, Dominic Wilkinson and Jonathan Pugh co-authored this article for The Conversation. When someone gets sick after receiving a vaccine, this might be a complication or coincidence. This article argues that what matters ethically is not only vaccine confidence...View contentlaunch
Mass antigen testing
Dominic Wilkinson, Julian Savulescu and Jonathan Pugh published a paper on mass antigen testing in the Journal of Medical Ethics.View contentlaunch
‘A can of worms’: Experts weigh in on the vaccine passport debate
Sarah Chan is one of several experts discussing their concerns about vaccine passports: “One of the main problems…is that they focus on the individual’s vaccination status as a binary indicator of risk, to self and others: Vaccinated equals ‘safe’, unvaccinated...View contentlaunch
Lateral flow tests and schools: Why the government’s approach is ethically flawed
A Journal of Medical Ethics blog by Dominic Wilkinson, Julian Savulescu and Jonathan Pugh, was published on 12 March: ‘Lateral flow tests and schools: Why the government’s approach is ethically flawed’.View contentlaunch
COVID vaccines: is it wrong to jump the queue?
Dominic Wilkinson and Jonathan Pugh published a blog on The Conversation website ‘COVID vaccines: is it wrong to jump the queue?’ on 11 March. This article discusses the ethical and moral ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ of vaccine queue jumping.View contentlaunch
The questions we should be asking about vaccine passports
Cian O’Donovan’s blog ‘The questions we should be asking about vaccine passports’ was published by Research Fortnight and Research Europe on 11 March. This article discusses the need for inter- and transdisciplinary evaluation of vaccine passport infrastructures. It argues that...View contentlaunch
Is it irrational not to have a plan? Should there have been national guidance on rationing in the NHS?
Dominic Wilkinson and Jonathan Pugh published a blog in The Journal of Medical Ethics on 2 March entitled ‘Is it irrational not to have a plan? Should there have been national guidance on rationing in the NHS?’ If it becomes...View contentlaunch