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Next 2021 Brocher Meetup sessions

11 March | Barry Furrow (4pm, Geneva time zone)


What Have We Learned About COVID Preparedness So Far, and Where Does Bioethics Lead Us?

Enough time has passed to evaluate the steps taken by governments to mitigate the COVID-19 epidemic.  The panel will consider a range of questions about COVID preparedness and future government planning.  Can we judge the pandemic impact and take steps to mitigate it when we still lack expertise to value the impacts? Can we find a coherent ethical position as to who should get vaccine priority?  Can we develop a tool box of methods to induce people to accept vaccination—behavioral economic nudges, requirements before entering the workplace or public places?   Can we create a model framework for an effective public health infrastructure for the next pandemic?  How can political action be improved in countries with federal systems like the United States or Germany?   Finally, can we improve the sharing of intellectual property data and the knowledge needed to manufacture vaccines and complex goods that are now essential?  Can we find useful historic parallels to vaccines, antimalarials and antibiotics in World War II?

Link to register: Registration page


Prof. Barry R. Furrow – Professor of Law and Director, Health Law Program, Drexel University



Prof. Robert Cook-DeeganProfessor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society and Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University



Prof. Dena S. DavisPresidential Endowed Chair in Health and Professor of Religion Studies, Lehigh University



Dr Stefan Ecks – Senior Lecturer – Social Anthropology, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh



Prof. Reed PyeritzEmeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine



Prof. Leigh E. RichProfessor of Health Services Administration, Georgia Southern University


25 March | Bertrand Taithe (2pm, Geneva time zone) 

More details & link to register: Coming soon

Brocher Meetup - Live Replay

Special Edition # 1 | 13 November 2020 | The Covid-19 Pandemic: A Humanitarian Crisis

For this special edition, we received eminent scientific personalities:

  • Karl Blanchet Professor @ Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva
  • Joanne Liù Doctor @ University of Montreal
  • Antoine Flahault Professor @ University of Geneva
  • Ciara Staunton Doctor @ Middlesex University of London as moderator

# 1 | 28 January 2021 | Covid and bioethics; What role have bioethicists have played in forming policy, what have we learned so far and how best to be constructive going forward

For this first Brocher Meetup, we received eminent scientific personalities:
  • Arthur Caplan Professor @ NYU Grossmann School of Medicine
  • Kiarash Aramesh Assistant Professor @ Edinboro University
  • Thomas Douglas Professor @ University of Oxford
  • Jan Heldge Solbakk Professor @ University of Oslo
  • Yeyang Su Doctor@ Chinese Academy of Sciences of Beijing
Related Bibliography:
  • Kupferschmidt, K. (2020) WHO unveils global plan to fairly distribute COVID-19 vaccine, but challenges await. Science ( Link) | World Health Organization (2020) WHO SAGE values framework for the allocation and prioritization of COVID-19 vaccination, 14 September 2020 (Link) | COVAX – Working for global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines (Link)
  • Initiatives from South Africa and India in calling for the IP reform to facilitate access to vaccines in less resourceful countries. Usher, A. D. (2020) South Africa and India push for COVID-19 patents ban. The Lancet. [Online] 396 (10265), 1790–1791.
  • Springer article (Link)

# 2 | 11 February 2021 | Priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination: Ethics, policy and practice in select jurisdictions

For this second Brocher Meetup, we received eminent scientific personalities:
  • Françoise Baylis Professor @ Dalhousie University
  • Gaia Barazzetti Senior Researcher @ University of Lausanne
  • Angus Clarke Professor @ Cardiff University
  • Bjorn Hoffman Professor @ University of Oslo
  • Jan Eerik Leppänen PhD Researcher @ Felm NGO

# 3 | 25 February 2021 | From your perspective, what has been your country's greatest or most unexpected challenge or unintended consequence in relation to Covid-19?

For this third Brocher Meetup, we received eminent scientific personalities:
  • Diane B. Paul Professor @ University Massachusetts Boston
  • Meredith Temple Smith Professor @ University of Melbourne
  • Ruth Chadwick Professor Emerita @ Cardiff University
  • Flis Henwood Professor @ University of Brighton
  • Alexandre McClelland Assistant Professor @ Carleton University
  • Brigìda Riso PhD @ CIES-iscte, Lisbon
  • Priya Satalkar Dr @ Ghent University
  • Denise Steers Dr @ University of Otago
  • Mary Jean Walker Dr @ La Trobe University
Follow this link to watch the replay on our youtube channel: Replay