The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every human being on the planet and forced us all to reflect on the bioethical issues it raises. In this timely book, Gregory Pence examines a number of relevant issues, including the fair allocation of scarce medical resources, immunity passports, tradeoffs between protecting senior citizens and allowing children to flourish, discrimination against minorities and the disabled, and the myriad issues raised by vaccines.
“Gregory Pence’s Pandemic Bioethics offers readers a sweeping, whirlwind tour of many of the ethical challenges encountered as SARS CoV-2 emerged and devastated the globe. Pence is a skilled storyteller, educating readers about the historical context of pandemics and the ethical questions unfolding with real-time medical, research, and societal successes and failures. Consistent with his longstanding attention to classic and ground-breaking cases in medical ethics, Pence challenges readers to capitalize on lessons learned from COVID-19 in order to make appropriate ethical decisions during this pandemic—and in ones to come.” — Christine Grady, Chief of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
“Pandemic Bioethics is an extraordinary achievement. Pence expertly blends a wide range of relevant information about the pandemic with a variety of ethical theories to explore the many issues the pandemic raises for bioethics. This book could serve as the basis for a course in bioethics, but it is so readable that it should interest anyone who wants a better understanding of decision making during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.” — Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University
“Pandemic Bioethics has it all, addressing historical and modern pandemics, policymaking and triage decisions, the development and allocation of vaccines, and current issues concerning privacy rights and vaccine ‘passports.’ This book is timely and necessary reading.” — Jennifer Parks, Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago
“Pandemic Bioethics is a much-needed resource for educating health-care professionals, government leaders, and the general public about the history of infectious disease outbreaks and how to evaluate the ethical propriety of various public health measures. Pence’s book will be an invaluable tool as the world prepares for the next major outbreak.” — Jason T. Eberl, Professor of Health Care Ethics and Philosophy, Saint Louis University
“Gregory Pence provides both an illuminating reference guide for experts to the thorny moral problems of this pandemic and an enlightening text for students.… [The book’s] readability will allow for even undergraduate students to understand the main issues explored. I highly recommend Pandemic Bioethics as a book for multiple research and pedagogical purposes—it will not disappoint.” — Dale Murray, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, in Teaching Philosophy