Pandemic Means the Whole World: COVID-19 and Global Bioethics


On Thursday May 14th the Kennedy Institute of Ethics hosted a webinar featuring experts from across Georgetown University to discuss the complexities of global pandemic.

See the full webinar here

The Bioethics Research Library has complied a list of resources and information to accompany the webinar.

This webinar turns the focus of discussion toward concerns raised by the COVID-19 / new corona virus pandemic for the people outside the Global North. Many regions of the world face the virus with few high-tech medical resources, strained or absent healthcare options, more density of populations or populations on the move, and existing socioeconomic disadvantages.

Moderated by bioethicist Daniel Sulmasy, expert panelists Mark Dybul, Lawrence Gostin, and David Hollenbach will raise key issues, offer insights and discuss a range of medical, legal, public health and social justice concerns. Looking at specific cases, Claudia Sotomayor reports on the pandemic for Mayan communities in Mexico and Pascal Noudjom Tchana considers its impact on the citizens of Cameroon.

About the Speakers

Mark Dybul, M.D.
Co-Director of the Center for Global Health Practice and Impact
Professor in the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center

David Hollenbach, S.J., Ph.D.
Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service
Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University

Lawrence O. Gostin, J.D.
Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law
Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Director, World Health Organization Center on National and Global Health

Claudia Ruiz Sotomayor, M.D., D.Be.
Clinical Ethicist, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, GUMC

Fr. Alban Pascal Noujdom Tchana, s.c.j., M.A., Ph.D. (cand.)
Visiting Researcher, Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Philosophy, Pontifical University of Comillas (Madrid, Spain)

Moderated by:
Daniel P. Sulmasy, M.D., Ph.D.
André Hellegers Professor of Biomedical Ethics
Acting Director, Kennedy Institute of Ethics