Consider the example of weighing one’s individual freedom and autonomous choice against the public health concerns surrounding vaccination against Covid-19. Whereas the speed with which vaccines have been developed surpassed most people’s expectations, there is surprisingly widespread hesitancy to get vaccinated.5,8-10 For some, this hesitancy may be rooted in a principled anti-vax stance, while others may be skeptical because of the great speed with which vaccines were tested and approved.11-13 Whereas an argument can be made for every person to carry a responsibility to contribute to herd immunity through mass vaccination of individuals, matters get even more acute in the case of health care workers.
s revolves around privacy, another core value in liberal democracies. The availability of data is key to fight a pandemic. Very different kinds of data can be helpful to understand the impact of the pandemic and the measures taken to contain it on population groups.15 Among those data are, for instance, proximity and contact tracing, flow modelling, and quarantine compliance
tions such as “Should police enter a home against residents’ will if they suspect a gathering with more than the permitted number of participants?” can also emerge in low-tech setti
blished in concrete cases — e.g., such as shutting down hotels based on a certain incidenc
FAIRNESS AND SOLIDARITY UNDER CONDITIONS OF RESOURCE SCARC
itable distribution of resources such as vaccines or intensive care beds (and equitable access) plays a role at every level, from local to global. Yet, it has proven a highly complex
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The debate is fueled by the expectation that vaccinated individuals or societies will have restrictions lifted and go back to normal more quickly than th
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