Bioethicists and Others Call for Action from U.S. Federal Government on COVID-19


We are a group of bioethicists and health care leaders, familiar with the ethical challenges that arise in pandemics. We write to encourage actions on the part of the federal government that will enhance the public’s health, protect the health of individuals, especially the vulnerable, and preserve the nation’s vitality.”

That is from a letter signed by nearly 1,400 people that calls for the United States government to take various steps to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and help medical professionals avoid the difficult decisions involved in rationing medical care. They ask the government to:

  • Ensure the manufacture and distribution of needed supplies.
  • Commit to payment for COVID-19 care and treatment.
  • Provide sick leave for all.
  • Protect the vulnerable.
  • Build a comprehensive, trustworthy communication strategy.

The letter, initiated by Mildred Solomon, president of The Hastings Center and faculty member of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics, and Lawrence Gostin, director of the O’Neill Center for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, elaborates on each of these points.

You can view the letter and its list of signatories here.

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