Webinar: Ethical Issues Arising in Public Health Emergencies (PHEs)

Wednesday 9 September 2020
16:00 - 17:00 (UK time)


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This webinar examined the ethical issues that have arisen in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It addressed the following questions:

  1. What are the ethical issues that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic? To what extent are these issues specific to patient populations and/or geographical regions? To what extent are they general?
  2. Has pharmaceutical medicine been sufficiently cognisant of these ethical issues? And has it responded in a sufficient manner to the ethical issues?
  3. Do we need to adjust or change our approach to ethics during a PHE?

Preparedness training webinar series

This webinar was part of our series on Preparedness Planning for Public Health Emergencies.

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Meet the speakers

Dr. Alastair Benbow, Chairman, Ethics & Practice Committee, FPM; Chief Development and Medical Officer, Norgine, United Kingdom


  • Professor Young-Mo KOO, Associate Professor of Biomedical Ethics; University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asian Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea
  • Professor Fernando Lolas Stepke, Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Studies in Bioethics in the Program of Global Bioethics at the Institution of International Studies, University of Chile
  • Professor Ames Dhai, Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa & Member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (IBC)
  • Professor Haihong Zhang, Beijing Medical University; China
  • Dr. Susan Tansey, Boyds Consultants & Member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics; United Kingdom