Journal article

Constructing an ethical framework for priority allocation of pandemic vaccines

J Fielding, SG Sullivan, F Beard, K Macartney, J Williams, A Dawson, GL Gilbert, P Massey, K Crooks, R Moss, JM McCaw, J McVernon

VACCINE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Allocation of scarce resources during a pandemic extends to the allocation of vaccines when they eventually become available. We describe a framework for priority vaccine allocation that employed a cross-disciplinary approach, guided by ethical considerations and informed by local risk assessment. METHODS: Published and grey literature was reviewed, and augmented by consultation with key informants, to collate past experience, existing guidelines and emerging strategies for pandemic vaccine deployment. Identified ethical issues and decision-making processes were also included. Concurrently, simulation modelling studies estimated the likely impacts of alternative vaccine allocatio..

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