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Commentary: Who gets the COVID-19 vaccine first? Social justice must be a factor

Craig Klugman and Angira Patel, Chicago Tribune |

“Distributing a scarce medical resource such as a vaccine is an imperfect art at best. Such plans combine science (who is at risk; for whom is the vaccine safe and effective) and ethics (justice, equality and equity) to decide who will get the first doses. Eventually, there will be enough doses for everyone who wants them, but until that time these hard choices must be made. Crafting a COVID-19 vaccine allocation policy that acknowledges trying to address health inequities is a step in the right direction.”

Craig Klugman and Angira Patel

Craig Klugman, Ph.D., is a professor of bioethics and health humanities at DePaul University. Angira Patel, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor of pediatrics and medical education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, a pediatric cardiologist and a bioethicist.

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