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Bioethical Reflections on COVID-19 (Year 2021)
Category : COVID-19
Date : 03 Aug, 2021

CMEL's members have joined various discussions on the issues in medical ethics and law arising from COVID-19, including events organized by colleagues in the field. They have also written on this subject. Click on the links below for more information.


  1. By Dr Stephen Thomson, Dr Eric C. Ip and Dr Shing Fung Lee 
    In Journal of Biosocial Science  27 October 2021


     

  2. In IACL-AIDC Blog, International Association of Constitutional Law - 23 September 2021
     
     
     
  3. Media Article: "From Hong Kong to Australia, how much death and sickness lie ahead as vaccination rates max out?"

    In the South China Morning Post -  21 September 2021

    As a growing number of territories have either achieved or are close to achieving a high vaccination rate, it may be timely to consider whether stringent restrictions and border controls should be maintained given the competing concerns over, on the one hand, minimising COVID-related sickness and deaths and, on the other hand, social and economic costs. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, our Dr Calvin Ho shared his views on this. 


  4. Media Interview: "How can Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong return to pre-pandemic life? Vaccines, timetables, and targets"

    In South China Morning Post -  7 July 2021

    In an interview with the South China Morning Post, our Dr Calvin Ho shared his views on setting targets of vaccination rates in the hope of returning to pre-pandemic life in Hong Kong.

  5. Policy Paper: "Ethical Framework for WHO's work in the ACT-Accelerator" - 1 July 2021

    The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT)-Accelerator  ("ACT-Accelerator") is a collaboration to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.

    Our Dr Calvin Ho contributed to the drafting of this policy paper.

  6. Media Interview: "Hong Kong vaccine perks: giveaways for coronavirus jabs are nice, but reluctant residents prefer assurance, facts, paid days off"

    With South China Morning Post -  19 June 2021

    In an interview with the South China Morning Post, our Dr Calvin Ho shared about the ethical implications of offering incentives and rewards to encourage people to get vaccinated.

  7. Media Interview: "How many deaths are acceptable in ‘zero-Covid-19’ economies? From Australia to Hong Kong, that’s the tough question"

    With South China Morning Post -  17 June 2021

    In an interview with the South China Morning Post, our Dr Calvin Ho shared his views on the process of returning to normality in the community despite continuing COVID-19 concerns.

  8. Media Interview: "Experts urged to speak to students of alma mater to ease their concerns" [in Chinese only]

    In Sing Tao Daily - 11 June 2021

    In an interview with Sing Tao Daily, our Dr Calvin Ho shared his views on youth vaccination arrangements in Hong Kong and vaccine donation.

  9. Interview: "Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and COVID-19 Prevention Poses Challenges to Privacy In Taiwan" [in Chinese only]

    Article on Academia Sinica’s popular science website - 7 June 2021

    In a recent interview, Academia Sinica’s Associate Professor/ Associate Research Fellow and CMEL’s Research Fellow Dr Chih-hsing Ho shared her views on the personal data privacy challenges in Taiwan in relation to Artificial Intelligence in healthcare and COVID-19 infection control.



  10. Media Interview: "Applicant who suffered facial paralysis after BioNTech inoculation dissatisfied with the lack of transparency of the application process for the indemnity fund" [in Chinese only]

    With "Now News" - 23 May 2021

    In an interview with Now News, our Dr Calvin Ho suggested that the application process of Hong Kong’s COVID-19 vaccine indemnity fund should be more transparent. 

  11. Media Programme:

    On Radio Television Hong Kong (Name of programme: "Letter to Hong Kong") - 8 May 2021 [in Chinese only]

    In a radio programme on Radio Television Hong Kong, our Dr Calvin  Ho shared his views on incentivising vaccination and the Hong Kong – Singapore travel bubble. Click here for the recording and transcript.

  12. Media Interview: "Coronavirus: no jab, no job, and no fun? Some in Hong Kong cry foul over perceived vaccine discrimination"

    In South China Morning Post - 8 May 2021

    In an interview with the South China Morning Post, our Dr Calvin Ho commented on Hong Kong's "vaccine bubble", which has sparked concerns about the impact on unvaccinated employees. 

    He observed that while the “vaccine bubble” policy itself is ethically justified and reasonable, there still may be implementation gaps, which would then require adequate safeguards to protect individuals, particularly vulnerable employees.

  13. Book Chapter: "Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People’s Republic of China: Legal Response to Covid-19" 

    By Dr Stephen Thomson and Dr Eric C. Ip

    A territory report published in Jeff King and Octavio Ferraz (eds), The Oxford Compendium of National Legal Responses to Covid-19 (Oxford University Press, 2021)

  14. Media Interview: "Ethics scholar suggests option to replace vaccination with testing for workers affected by the vaccine bubble" [in Chinese only]

    In HK01 - 16 April 2021

    In an interview with HK01, our Dr Calvin Ho suggested a fair compensation scheme for Hong Kong employees adversely affected by the vaccination bubble.

  15. Media Interview: "Ethicists suggest sunset clause for vaccine bubble in view of restrictions otherwise imposed on freedoms" [in Chinese only]

    In HK01 - 16 April 2021

    In an interview with HK01, our Dr Calvin Ho emphasised that "vaccination bubble" as an interim measure requires collaborative monitoring for effectiveness and harms.

  16. Media Interview: "Those who hope to visit hospitalised loved ones worry about the consequences of being forced to get vaccinated. Prolonged hospitalisation of brother with half-dead brain cells; query: who will take care of them if vaccination goes wrong?" [in Chinese only]

    In Ming Pao - 11 April 2021

    Discussion about easing restrictions on visits to HK public hospitals for visitors who have been vaccinated has raised concerns about the consequent pressure to get vaccinated for those whose loved ones are hospitalized. In an interview with Ming Pao, our Dr Calvin Ho shared his views on this matter.



  17. In Ming Pao - 11 April 2021

    Recently Hong Kong is considering a number of incentives which aim at encouraging residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and involve differential treatments for the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. In an interview with Ming Pao, our Dr Calvin Ho shared his views on this matter.



  18. In Ming Pao - 11 April 2021

    A Hong Kong mahjong parlour has required its employees to get vaccinated and plans to "suspend" any unvaccinated employee from work in the absence of proof that vaccination is not suitable. In an interview with Ming Pao, Dr Calvin Ho shared his views on differential treatments in the workplace for those vaccinated and those who are not.


  19. Book Talk: "Covid-19 in Asia - Law and Policy Contexts" (Video) - 17 Mar 2021
    Our Dr Calvin Ho and Ms Daisy Cheung co-authored the chapter "Hong Kong: The Healthcare Professions and the Outbreak" in the book. 

  20. Correspondence: "Placebo use and unblinding in COVID-19 vaccine trials: recommendations of a WHO Expert Working Group" 

    By Jerome Amir Singh, Sonali Kochhar, Jonathan Wolff & WHO ACT-Accelerator Ethics & Governance Working Group, of which Dr Calvin Ho is a member
    In Nature Medicine 16 March 2021 

  21. Blog essay: "COVID-19 Exceptionalism and the 'New Normal' of Authoritarian Governance" 

    By Dr Eric C. Ip and Dr Stephen Thomson 
    In Administrative Law in the Common Law - 10 Mar 2021

  22. Article: "Immunity certification for COVID-19: ethical considerations" 

    By Teck Chuan Voo, Andreas A Reis, Beatriz Thomè, Calvin Ho, Clarence C Tam, Cassandra Kelly-Cirino, Ezekiel Emanuel, Juan P Beca, Katherine Littler, Maxwell J Smith, Michael Parker, Nancy Kass, Nina Gobat, Ruipeng Lei, Ross Upshur, Samia Hurst & Sody Munsaka
    In Bulletin of the World Health Organization (2021) 99(2): 155–161 – February 2021

  23. "Framework for the Governance of Personal Data for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator" - January 2021

    As a member of the ACT-Accelerator Ethics & Governance Working Group, Dr Calvin Ho contributed to the review of this framework.

    The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT)-Accelerator is a global collaboration aimed at speeding up the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines. 

    The intention of the "Framework for the Governance of Personal Data for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator", as set out on p.2 of the framework, is to complement "existing applicable national and international regulatory instruments on the use of personal data to enable access to and use of data without compromising fundamental rights". 

  24. Media Interview: "New year, new outbreak: China rushes to vaccinate 50 million as holiday looms"

    In the Guardian, 15 January 2021

    In an interview with the Guardian, Dr Calvin Ho comments on Mainland China’s rollout to vaccinate target populations before the start of the lunar new year holiday in terms of the protection offered, the logistical advantages and the setbacks. 

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