Micro and Macro Ethical Considerations of COVID-19
Amitai Etzioni


Micro decisions, made by individuals, during a health crisis in which healthcare resources are particularly in short supply, should  not be based only on the age of the patients. Ameliorate  care is only appreciated  when the patient has a limited time to live, whatever their age. Macro decisions concern public policy. We must decide now who will pay for the vaccines, who will get them before others, whether minorities should be granted priority, and whether the United States should join a global distribution system.

 

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