Key ethical concepts and their application to COVID-19 research


Angus Dawson, Ezekiel J Emanuel, Michael Parker, Maxwell J Smith, Teck Chuan Voo

Public Health Ethics, Volume 13, Issue 2, July 2020, Pages 127–132. DOI:

During the WHO-GloPID COVID-19 Global Research and Innovation Forum meeting held in Geneva on the 11th and 12th of February 2020 a number of different ethical concepts were used. This paper briefly states what a number of these concepts mean and how they might be applied to discussions about research during the COVID-19 pandemic and related outbreaks. This paper does not seek to be exhaustive and other ethical concepts are, of course, relevant and important.

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