The UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator / Going Viral Podcast Series – Episode 4: What Would an Ethical Pandemic Look Like?

The UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator has commissioned a four-part podcast mini-series, focusing on pandemic ethics, in collaboration with the longstanding, successful Going Viral the Podcast, hosted by the medical historian and science writer, Mark Honigsbaum

Episode 4What would an ethical pandemic look like?

As sure as night follows day, we will face another pandemic, so how can we learn from the mistakes made during Covid-19, to ensure our response next time is not only more effective, but also more ethical?

Today Mark and his guests Ilina Singh, James Wilson and John Prideaux dissect the British Government’s approach during the Covid-19 pandemic and explore the failure to engage seriously with the ethical challenges the pandemic raised, comparing the approach taken here with those in the USA and China. They debate how ethicists and ethical thinking could play a more central role in deciding how to respond to the next pandemic. With Catherine Joynson of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator.

Presented by Mark Honigsbaum @honigsbaum


Catherine Joynson

Associate Director, Nuffield Council on Bioethics | @CathJoynson | @Nuffbioethics

John Prideaux,

The political correspondent at the Economist.  | @JohnPrideaux | @TheEconomist

Ilina Singh

Professor of Neuroscience & Society at the University of Oxford and co-director at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Ethics and the Humanities. Principal Investigator on The UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator, a collaborative project that brought UK ethics research expertise to bear on the multiple, ongoing ethical challenges present by Covid-19.  | @OxPsychiatry

James Wilson

Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Health Humanities Centre at UCL and co-investigator on the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator.  |  @jamesgswilson | @ucl

Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @Melissafitzg

Co-producer: Kate Jopling @katejopling

Cover art by Patrick Blower

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This episode of Going Viral on trust in the pandemic, has been produced in collaboration with the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator. The Ethics Accelerator was funded by the UKRI Covid-19 research and innovation fund. 

A transcript of this episode is available here:   |   @PandemicEthics_