Acıbadem University Institute of Social Sciences and Institute of Health Sciences Bioethics Program joint event Bioethics Days 2: Bioethics in Pandemic meeting was held online on December 24, 2020.
Second Meeting of Bioethics Days was dedicated to Bioethics in Pandemics held in collaboration with Acibadem University Social Sciences Institute and Acibadem University Health Sciences Institute Bioethics MSc. Programme on December 24, 2020, as an online scientific platform. The speakers were selected multidisciplinary. Prof. Yesim Isil Ulman, PhD analyzed the bioethical aspects whilst dealing with the issue of COVID-19 pandemics. Prof. Pinar Okyay MD, PhD, explored the management of the COVID-19 pandemics in view of public health approach and concerns. Prof. Dr. Caglar Cuhadaroglu gave information about the medical perspective and healthcare provision during the COVID-19 pandemics based on evidence and clinical data. The meeting attracted attention of audience from various disciplines such as medicine, pharmacy, psychology, sociology, law, history, as well as the undergraduate and post graduate students of life and social sciences. The discussions were enhanced by questions on vaccines and vaccination. Bioethics Days 2: Bioethics in Pandemics ended with the report below.
“Infectious diseases are major public health concerns as they cause deaths, disabilities, and provoke epidemics and pandemics. Although they are transmitted from animal to man, from man to man by pathogenic microorganisms, they are preventable, curable, and preventable diseases. Historically there have been significant scientific achievements whilst struggling with infectious diseases by means of immunization, such as smallpox, chickenpox vaccinations. As a matter of fact, the COVID-19 infectious disease which was caused by novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) was first detected in China in December 2019, and it soon triggered a global pandemic spreading most continents and countries world wide. As well as understanding what to do in scientific, medical, legal, economic, sociological aspects in the fight against the pandemic, there is a need to question "how" this struggle should be conducted. This takes us to analyze the ethical dimension of the issue, according to bioethics principles.
In the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, while evidence-based scientific and medical intervention continue; bioethics recommends that all developments should be shared with the public with accountability, transparency, integrity; everyone should be treated equally; individual autonomy should be proportionally balanced with the public beneficence under the circumstances of quarantine and isolation; solidarity and cooperation should be promoted between people, hospitals, centres and countries; economic life can be supported by mutual cooperation and solidarity; governments should respond to the needs of the people with justice and fairness; outbreak policies and strategies should be managed in the light of humanitarian, pluralistic, democratic vision; respect to environment, biosphere, biodiversity should be considered responsibly all in line with human rights and dignity”. (*)
(*) Source: Ulman YI. “A Bioethical Perspective for the COVID-19 Infectious Disease Pandemic”, ACU Sağlık Bil Derg (Acibadem Univ. Health Sciences Journal) 2020; 11(3):365-371.