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.
‘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
Could COVID ‘vaccine certificates’ lead to discrimination?
Dominic Wilkinson discussed vaccine passports with Al Jazeera on 25 February.View contentlaunch
Self-experimentation with vaccines
Jonathan Pugh, Dominic Wilkinson and Julian Savulescu authored the article ‘Self-experimentation with vaccines’ for the Journal of Medical Ethics blog. Regulators have taken an increasing interest in self-experimentation in the context of bio-hacking given the potential risks it may pose...View contentlaunch
Vaccine passport perspectives
Sarah Chan and Dominic Wilkinson shared their perspectives on vaccine passports on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on 20 February.View content
Experts unconvinced by Lord Sumption’s lockdown ethics
John Coggon was quoted in The Guardian article ‘Experts unconvinced by Lord Sumption’s lockdown ethics – Archie Bland’ on 19 January. John Coggon questions Lord Sumptions’s view that “quality-adjusted life-years” (QALYs), a measure often used in medical ethics to help...View contentlaunch