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Who Shall Live and Whom Should We Let Die

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM

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Who Shall Live and Whom Should We Let Die: COVID-19’s Ethical Landscape” with Dr. Mildred Solomon, President of the Hastings Center on Bioethics. Historically, pandemics raise a set of excruciatingly difficult ethical and moral questions. How should we allocate scarce resources like lifesaving ventilators, protective equipment or vaccines? Should the young be prioritized over the old? As we aim at creating new therapeutics and vaccines quickly, what are acceptable trade-offs between speed and safety? What is the proper balance between civil liberties and public health e.g. requiring a quarantine? What should we do about the fact that in the COVID-19 pandemic, African Americans are dying at three times the rate of white Americans? To help us discuss these issues, Dr. Mildred Solomon, the president of the nation’s founding bioethics research institute in New York, and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, will describe COVID-19’s ethical landscape. She will raise for discussion the major ethical issues we must resolve to bring the pandemic under control and will help us think about how we might rebuild our society. This event is brought to you by the Council of Former Federal Executives & Associates (COFFE) and LFV.