Consent, children under 16 and the Covid vaccine
14 Sep 2021 by Victoria Butler-Cole
The news that 12 to 15 year olds are to be offered Covid vaccines has led to a flurry of commentary about the question of consent. Around the UK, lawyers have been shouting at their phones, tablets and televisions, as people express surprise that children aged under 16 might be able to make their own medical treatment decisions, even though that has been the undisputed position for 35 years.
How the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator is mobilising ethics expertise and public views on current and future pandemics
22 Sep 2021 by Hugh Whittall
The UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator is currently looking to commission research reviews on four topics related to the unequal impacts of the pandemic, self-reported data collection and international aid, and is recruiting a Communications and Public Affairs Manager.
Organ donation week: 10 years on from our report on the ethics of donation, what has changed?
23 Sep 2021 by Sarah Walker-Robson
It’s organ donation week and the NHS are encouraging families to get together and talk about organ donation, a message we wholeheartedly support. It is also 10 years since we published our major report on the donation of human bodily material, which included substantial discussion about the ethics of organ donation.
New public dialogue identifies priority areas for COVID-19 policy making: addressing inequalities, building public trust, and involving the public
27 Sep 2021
A new public dialogue exploring the ethical and social considerations of COVID-19 has found that addressing the societal inequalities worsened by the pandemic, building trust and transparency into government policies, and involving the public more in policy making are key areas of public concern and interest.
Nuffield Council on Bioethics responds to Government announcement on regulation of gene-edited organisms
28 Sep 2021
Following a consultation held by Defra earlier this year, the Government has announced plans to reform the regulation of genome-edited organisms, beginning with plants and then extending to animals and microbes at a later date.
What might Brexit mean for UK and international bioethics?
29 Sep 2021 by Susan Tansey
With ‘exit day’ behind us, the Nuffield Council wanted to explore how Brexit could affect the UK’s relationship with European and global bioethics institutions.