Triage in the time of COVID-19: Ethical considerations

May 6, 2020 at 1:00 PM
Triage in the time of COVID-19: Ethical considerations

This lecture is part of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy's COVID-19 Lecture Series: From Crisis to Recovery.

COVID-19 is making bioethics more relevant than ever. The ethical dilemmas raised by the pandemic are urgent and heart-wrenching. Who should get a ventilator if we do not have enough? How can we protect the most vulnerable (e.g. persons with disabilities, the elderly) from discrimination in the face of difficult triage decisions? While such questions are not new for bioethicists, the need to answer them urgently, globally, and in very concrete settings, creates unprecedented circumstances. This talk will describe—and discuss critically—the key ethical considerations emerging in the literature on triage in the context of COVID-19.

Presented by: Vardit Ravitsky, Associate Professor, The Bioethics Program, School of Public Health, University of Montreal

Vardit Ravitsky is President of the International Association of Bioethics and Director of Ethics and Health at the Center for Research on Ethics. She a 2020 Trudeau Foundation Fellow, member of the Standing Committee on Ethics of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and member of the National Human Genome Research Institute’s (NHGRI) Genomics & Society Working Group. Her research focuses on the ethics of genomics and reproduction and is funded by Canada’s leading funding agencies. She has published over 160 articles and commentaries on bioethical issues.

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