Safe and effective covid-19 vaccines are now potentially within reach. However, due to the limited stocks, vaccines will need to be deployed in batches over a period of time. Hence, this leads to the question of who should be the first to receive scarce COVID-19 vaccines. Any vaccination allocation strategy must take into account ethical principles and values to ensure the fair distribution of vaccines across our population. Ethical dimensions such as maximising benefits and minimising harms to human well-being; mitigating vulnerabilities and inequalities; as well as promoting social justice need to be taken into account. In this regard, there is much to be gained from listening to and considering the views of experts from different fields to gain a deeper understanding of how allocation strategies can and should meet the needs of society.
The Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), Centre for Law and Ethics in Science And Technology (CELEST) & UM Research Ethics (UMREC) organised the webinar on “Vaccine Allocation Strategies in Malaysia: Ethics and Social Justice” on the 22 January 2021 (Friday) from 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm.
- Prof. Datuk Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
- Emeritus Prof. Datuk Norma Mansor, Social Wellbeing Research Centre, University of Malaya
- Prof. Dr Shahrul Bahyah Kamaruzzaman, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
- Dr. Tharani Loganathan, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
- Dr. Ng Lee Luan, UMREC, University of Malaya
- Dr. Rahul Mishra, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya