Rutgers scholar Nir Eyal is available to discuss the ethics around who will be among the first in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available to the public.

“Unlike other therapy treatments, vaccines help prevent the spread of diseases and should be targeted to people who are more likely to develop the most severe diseases if infected or to people with a high social function who are likely to infect many others,” said Eyal, a Henry Rutgers Professor of Bioethics. “We’d want to vaccinate in high spread areas like jails, meat factories and retirement homes.”

Eyal is also the director of the Center for Population-Level Bioethics in the Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy at the Rutgers School of Public Health.


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