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STAT News discusses an ethics framework set out by bioethicists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The framework states that there should be no automatic denial of treatment for particular groups of patients such as those with dementia or cancer. (STAT News, 2 April 2020)

Deutsche Welle discuss views on the ethical and scientific issues around immunity passports (Deutsche Welle, 14 April 2020)

The New York Times reports that the UK Government has drafted criteria which sets out an approach for triaging patients who have COVID-19 but, to avoid panic, has decided not to publish or disclose this document. The document had originally been planned to be released at the end of March. (The New York Times, 3 April 2020)

Ira Bedzow and Lila Kagedan (New York Medical College) discuss resource allocation decisions that healthcare practitioners will have to face as part of their response to COVID-19. (CNN Opinion, 1 April 2020)

New York is an early COVID-19 ‘hotspot’ in the US. This article discusses how the city’s healthcare workers will have to make decisions over which patients receive, or do not receive, aggressive treatment measures. (The New York Times, 1 April 2020)

The decisions and dilemmas that will face US healthcare workers, and how they will interpret existing state guidelines on resource allocation in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic are explored in a piece which also notes that there is no federal guidance on rationing. (Vox, 31 March 2020)

The Irish Times (30 March 2020) Coronavirus: medical staff may face ‘emotional distress’ over patient prioritisation

Decisions around triage and resource allocation are no longer abstract. How can guidance help healthcare providers make difficult decisions for COVID-19 patients? (Undark, 29 March 2020)

An exploration of how the pandemic in Italy, how the US might be affected, and how American healthcare decision-makers might approach resource allocation. Includes comment from Arthur Caplan. (Inside Science, 27 March 2020)

Ethicists and healthcare experts discuss the lack of preparedness in some US states for rationing and triage decisions, highlighting the lack of a national conversation about how such decisions will be made. The prospect of ‘lottery’ or ‘first come first served’ systems are also highlighted. (Politico, 27 March 2020)

The role of ethics in guiding who decisions about who gets treated, and who doesn’t, for COVID-19. Includes comments from Ezekiel Emanuel (University of Pennsylvania), and Francis Collins (Director, NIH). (USA Today, 23 March 2020)

Ethicists, public health experts, and historians discuss the dilemmas around who should get treatment, who should not, and why. (Los Angeles Times, 19 March 2020)

A discussion of the use and prospective uses of mobile phone data – including to monitor people’s movements during the pandemic – from a US perspective, including the impact on people’s privacy. (Wired, 18 March 2020)

Q&A with Christine Mitchell (Center of Bioethics, Harvard Medical School) on the medical ethical implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. (The New Yorker, 11 March 2020)