Navigating the Pandemic's Most Difficult Decisions: Science, Policy, and Ethics

Navigating the Pandemic's Most Difficult Decisions: Science, Policy, and Ethics 


  • Dr. Maxwell J. Smith, Bioethicist and Assistant Professor – Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University, Member – Public Health Agency of Canada Public Health Ethics Consultative Group, Member – World Health Organization Ethics & COVID-19 Working Group, Member – World Health Organization ACT Accelerator Ethics & Governance Working Group​

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021, 4:00 - 4:30pm EDT


Allocating vaccines in scarce supply; closing schools versus keeping them open; postponing surgeries to preserve hospital capacity - the COVID-19 pandemic has required that we make profoundly difficult decisions. 
While scientific evidence plays a necessary role in informing these decisions, it is not sufficient, owing to persistent uncertainty and the invariably value-laden nature of policy decisions. So, how should these difficult decisions be made?

Join us as Dr. Maxwell Smith explores the crucial role and contribution of ethics and its intersection with science and policymaking in navigating the pandemic's most difficult decisions.​

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