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A Grand Experiment: Ethical Responsibilities in the Global Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccines

2021/03/29 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Icons of COVID-19 virusesThis event will feature Marc Lipsitch and be hosted by the Global Health Network. Learn more about the seminar here. Register here.

The unprecedented speed and scale of global rollouts of COVID-19 vaccines is playing a critical role in effectively responding to the pandemic. Decisions about global vaccine rollout have been made rapidly, informed by best available clinical research findings. What ethical responsibilities arise to monitor the safety and effectiveness of pandemic vaccines which are rolled out while still being evaluated in clinical trials? Globally, as over eight million doses of COVID-19 vaccines are received per day, what mechanisms should exist to ensure the sustained capacity to monitor and evaluate the outcomes of vaccination?

Recommended readings:

  • Dagan N, Barda N, Kepten E, Miron O, Perchik S, Katz MA, Hernán MA, Lipsitch M, Reis B, Balicer RD. BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine in a Nationwide Mass Vaccination Setting. N Engl J Med. 2021 Feb 24:NEJMoa2101765. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2101765. Link to article.
  • Vasileiou, Eleftheria et al., Effectiveness of First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccines Against Hospital Admissions in Scotland: National Prospective Cohort Study of 5.4 Million People. Link to preprint.
  • Expert reaction to preprint from Scotland looking at hospitalisations in Scotland and vaccinations. Link to article.


9:00 am - 10:00 am