Navigating the Pandemic’s Most Difficult Decisions: Science, Policy, and Ethics

Speaker: M J. Smith

Allocating vaccines in scarce supply; closing schools versus keeping them open; postponing surgeries to preserve hospital capacity – the COVID‑19 pandemic has required that we make profoundly difficult decisions. While scientific evidence plays a necessary role in informing these decisions, it is not sufficient, owing to persistent uncertainty and the invariably value-laden nature of policy decisions. So, how should these difficult decisions be made? ​

Join us as Dr. Maxwell Smith explores the crucial role and contribution of ethics and its intersection with science and policymaking in navigating the pandemic’s most difficult decisions.​

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