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The Ethical Dilemma Posed by COVID-19 Challenge Studies

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#Covid19 challenge studies bring a myriad of ethical dilemmas, especially as our knowledge of the disease and it’s longer term (#longcovid) impacts and risks become evident.

Do we have a right to deny those who are driven by altruism to participate in these studies and separate them from their “interests” which we are bound to protect under human research ethics frameworks?

And what of risk parity? If members of our community are at risk of exposure; some workplaces as an example, including health care providers, then is the risk to a volunteer equal if there is fully informed consent? Is the risk of not doing #challengestudies greater than attempting them?

Peter Singer also responds to the debate in this article: https://lnkd.in/g8qY_2r

#bioethics #challengestudies #clinicaltrials #respect #autonomy#researchethics #informedconsent

Link to full article: https://www-bbc-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/health-54275096

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