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Next 2021 Brocher Meetup sessions

29  April  | Ruth Macklin (2 pm, Geneva time zone)


Mandating Covid-19 Vaccination Certificates and Passports: Benefits, Risks, and Challenges

Vaccine “certificates” or “passports”  are a way of demonstrating that a person has received one of the Covid-19 vaccines. As a public health measure, these certificates could be used to allow vaccinated individuals entry to sites that would be forbidden to those who lack the certificate. They could be used to permit holders to cross international borders, to enter nursing homes, and for a variety of commercial purposes. Among the ethical problems with this development are the inequities that may result in different populations, the prospect of strong opposition by the anti-vaccination movement, different laws in different countries, and an emerging industry of fraudulent vaccine certificates.


Ruth Macklin – Emeritus Professor of Bioethics in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA


Sharon BassanLegal Scholar with expertise in bioethics, health policy, innovation, and information technology law and ethics, Jaharis Faculty Fellow in Health Law and Intellectual Property, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, USA


Diego S. Silva, Lecturer in Bioethics Sydney Health Ethics, The University of Sydney School of Public Health, Australia


Maxwell J. Smith– Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Health Policy, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada


27 May  | Laurie Zoloth (3 pm, Geneva time zone)


Justice in an Unjust World


More details coming soon



Brocher Meetup Replays

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

For this special edition, we received:

  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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

# 4 | 11 March 2021 | What Have We Learned About COVID Preparedness so Far, and Where Does Bioethics Leads Us?

For this fourth Brocher Meetup, we received:
  • Barry R. Furrow Professor @ Drexel University
  • Robert Cook-Deagan Professor @ Arizona State University
  • Dena S. Davies Professor @  Lehigh University
  • Stefan Ecks Doctor @ University of Edinburgh
  • Reed Pyeritz Professor @ University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Leigh E. Rich Professor @ Georgia Southern University

Follow this link to watch the replay on our youtube channel: Replay

# 5 | 25 March 2021 | Covid and its impact on the ethics of pandemic surveillance

For this fith Brocher Meetup, we received:
  • Bertrand Taithe Professor @ The University of Manchester
  • Michael Bartos Honorary Associate Professor @ Australian National University
  • Lukas Engelmann Doctor @  The University of Edinburgh
  • Alain Giami Emeritus Research Professor @ INSERM France
  • Adam Henschke Doctor @ National Security College, College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Christos Lynteris Doctor @ University of St Andrews
  • Benjamin Mason Meier Associate Professor @ University of North California
  • Monika Sawhney Associate Professor @ University of North California

Follow this link to watch the replay on our youtube channel: Replay

# 6 | 29 April 2021 | Mandating Covid-19 Vaccination Certificates and Passports: Benefits, Risks, and Challenges

For this sixth Brocher Meetup, we received:
  • Ruth Macklin Professor @ Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
  • Sharon Bassan @ DePaul University College of Law, Chicago
  • Diego S. Silva Lecture @ The University of Sydney School of Public Health
  • Maxwell J. Smith  Assistant Professor @ Western University, London, Ontario

Follow this link to watch the replay on our youtube channel: Coming soon