6 episodes

The UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator was a project to examine the ethical challenges faced during pandemics. It combined expertise from the Universities of Oxford, Bristol, Edinburgh, University College London, and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. This six-part podcast series is hosted by David Edmonds and covers some of the themes that emerged from the research.

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The UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator was a project to examine the ethical challenges faced during pandemics. It combined expertise from the Universities of Oxford, Bristol, Edinburgh, University College London, and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. This six-part podcast series is hosted by David Edmonds and covers some of the themes that emerged from the research.

    Why is trust in the government so vital during a pandemic? (Jamie Webb)

    Why is trust in the government so vital during a pandemic? (Jamie Webb)

    During the pandemic, there were social gatherings in Number 10. This seriously undermined trust in government. But what exactly is trust? And why is trust so vital during a pandemic? Jamie Webb explains.

    • 24 min
    Pandemics and inequality (Beth Kamunge-Kpodo and John Coggan)

    Pandemics and inequality (Beth Kamunge-Kpodo and John Coggan)

    The pandemic had disproportionate impacts when measured by ethnicity, gender and geography. Beth Kamunge-Kpodo and John Coggan are both legal scholars, and both are interested in inequality.

    • 25 min
    Assessing public attitudes to both the pandemic and the government's response (Sarah Cunningham Burley)

    Assessing public attitudes to both the pandemic and the government's response (Sarah Cunningham Burley)

    At the start of the covid pandemic there was little time for officials to consult the public. Sarah Cunningham Burley oversaw some public dialogues to assess public attitudes to the pandemic, and to the government’s response.

    • 13 min
    The use and misuse of health statistics and pandemic data (Melanie Smallman and James Wilson)

    The use and misuse of health statistics and pandemic data (Melanie Smallman and James Wilson)

    During the height of the Covid pandemic we became accustomed to watching, listening to and reading about experts in health statistics. J. Wilson and M.Smallman have been researching the use, and sometimes misuse of pandemic data.

    • 21 min
    Who gets the vaccine first? (Jonny Pugh)

    Who gets the vaccine first? (Jonny Pugh)

    Vaccines to combat Covid were developed in record time. Policy-makers then faced a tricky question. It was impossible to vaccinate everyone immediately: so who to inoculate first? Jonny Pugh says there were complex trade-offs.

    • 22 min
    Introducing the Pandemic Ethics Accelerator Programme (Ilina Singh)

    Introducing the Pandemic Ethics Accelerator Programme (Ilina Singh)

    The Pandemic Ethics Accelerator programme was led by Ilina Singh, an Oxford Professor of Neuroscience and Society. In this interview she explains what the programme was, what it was designed to achieve and whether it succeeded.

    • 20 min

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