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

Kennedy Institute of Ethics 

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

Event Date: May 14, 2020

Pandemic COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. The articles, books, news items, and videos included in this reading list represent a selected snapshot of literature on ethical issues related to the COVID-19 / novel coronavirus and to general global bioethics that are available at this moment in time.

If you would like more bioethics resources related to COVID-19 in the United States, please refer to the COVID-19 Ethics Resource list on the website of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics’ Bioethics Research Library You will find specific articles and news items, as well as references to several institutions and organizations involved in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visiting the websites of those institutions will allow you identify items that will be published into the future. 

For continuing coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, we also suggest that you visit

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the latest public health information: https://www.coronavirus.gov 
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the latest research: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus.
  • The US National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Database: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ You can search terms such as pandemic ethics or COVID-19 in the search box to retrieve articles. 
    • To identify articles specifically focused on bioethical or ethical concerns and the COVID-19 pandemic, enter this search strategy in the search box: COVID-19 AND bioethics [sb]

We’ve organized this resource list into a handful of key topics. Readers of this reading list should realize that many of these issues are intersecting and inter-related and so single entries on the list likely will include discussion of a range of topics, including food insecurity, lack of access to healthcare, unstable housing, unsafe sanitation, etc. as well as any strengths found in a region or a country. 

This resource list is organized into three sections as follows:

Section I: Resources from our Speakers

Section II: Selected Topics related to COVID-19 and Global Bioethics.
Selected article lists are identified; many topics also provide access to news items and web resources. 

Topics include: 

  • COVID-19 and Global Health Issues
  • COVID-19 and Clinical Research, including Vaccine Trials
  • COVID-19 and Refugees, Migrants, and Other Vulnerable Populations
  • COVID-19 and its Intersection with the Environment, Ecology and Climate Change
  • COVID-19 and Education
  • Resources related to the Mayan Community, Indigenous Populations & Vulnerable Peoples (compiled by Claudia Sotomayor, M.D., D.Be.)
  • COVID-19 and Cameroon, Africa in general, and some other countries in Africa (compiled by Alban Pascal Noudjom Tchana, s.c.j., M.A., Ph.D. (cand.)

Section III: General Resources for Further Reading about Global Bioethics.

 

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Section I: Speaker Resources

Daniel P. Sulmasy, M.D., Ph.D.– Moderator 

Sulmasy, Daniel P. Bioethics in the Time of Coronavirus. 2020 April 9. (webinar)

Speakers:

Mark Dybul, M.D.

Lawrence O. Gostin, J.D.

David Hollenbach, S.J., Ph.D.

Claudia Ruiz Sotomayor, M.D., D.Be.

  • Garcia, A. and Sotomayor, C.R. Undocumented immigrants, healthcare access and an illness narrative. Iuris Tantum. Mexico. 2017. 27: 373-380.  
  • Garcia A. and Sotomayor C.R. Convergence and Cooperation in Social Responsibility in Health. In: Tham, Joseph; Durante, Chris; García Gómez, Alberto eds. Religious Perspectives on Social Responsibility in Health,  Advancing Global Bioethics 9. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2018: 177-186 
  •  Garcia A.; Lunstroth J.;  Monlezun D.J.; Sotomayor C.R. Convergence of Human Rights and Duties: Towards a Global Bioethics.  In: Tham, Joseph; Kwan, Kai Man; Garcia, Alberto eds. Religious Perspectives on Bioethics and Human Rights. Advancing Global Bioethics 6. Cham: Springer International Publishing , 2017: 59-74

Alban Pascal Noudjom Tchana, s.c.j., MA., Ph.D. (cand.)  

 

Section II: Selected Topics related to COVID-19 and global bioethics. Each section has a general article list; many sections also have entries for news items and web resources

COVID-19 and Global Health Issues

Journal articles

News articles

Web resources

 

COVID-19 and Clinical Research, including Vaccine Trials

Journal Articles

Web resources

 

COVID-19 and Refugees, Migrants, and Other Vulnerable Populations

Journal Articles

News articles

Web resources

 

COVID-19 and its Intersection with the Environment, Ecology and Climate Change

 Journal Articles

Web resources

 

COVID-19 and Education

Journal articles

Web Resources

Resources related to the Mayan Community, Indigenous Populations & Vulnerable Peoples (compiled by Claudia Sotomayor, M.D., D.Be.)

  • United Nations (2020) COVID-19 and Indigenous peoples, available at:  https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/covid-19.html (extensive resource page with links to many documents and statements) 
  • Anonymous (2020) Responding to Healthcare Disparities and Challenges With Access to Care During COVID-19. [Online] 4 (1), 117–128. [online]. Available from: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/heq.2020.29000.rtl.
  • Barrera-Bassols & Toledo (2005). Ethno-ecology of the Yucatec Maya: Symbolism, knowledge and management of natural resources. Journal of Latin American Geography, 4(1), 9-41. 10.1353/lag.2005.0021
  • Blumenshine, Philip, et al. “Pandemic Influenza Planning in the United States from a Health Disparities perspective. (PERSPECTIVE).” Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 14, no. 5, U.S. National Center for Infectious Diseases, May 2008, pp. 709–15, doi:10.3201/eid1405.071301
  • Botero (2015) El cambio climático y sus efectos en la biodiversidad en América Latina. Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe. S.15-01295 
  • Christenson (2007) POPOL VUH: Sacred Book of Quiche Maya People. Available at: http://www.mesoweb.com/publications/Christenson/PopolVuh.pdf Accessed on: 2 March 2018 
  • Faust (1988). Cosmology and Changing Technologies of the Campeche-Maya. Dissertation Graduate School of Syracuse University. Doctor in Philosophy in Anthropology.
  • Gobierno the Quintana Roo (2017) Transformamos La Calidad De Vida De Comunidades Mayas Con Más Y Mejores Oportunidades De Salud. Available at:https://qroo.gob.mx/qroo/transformamos-la-calidad-de-vida-de-comunidades-mayas-con-mas-y-mejores-oportunidades-de-salud
  • Gobierno de Quintana Roo (2020) Quintana Roo cuenta con suficiente capacidad hospitalaria para atendder COVID-19 Available at: http://cgc.qroo.gob.mx/quintana-roo-cuenta-con-suficiente-capacidad-hospitalaria-para-atender-el-covid-19-carlos-joaquin/
  • Instituto Nacional de Pueblos Indigenas (2020) Acciones en pueblos indigenas. Available at: https://www.gob.mx/inpi/articulos/el-inpi-implementa-acciones-en-pueblos-y-comunidades-indigenas-y-afromexicanas-ante-el-covid-19?idiom=es
  • Mcmichael, A. & Beaglehole, R. (2000) The changing global context of public health. The Lancet. [Online] 356 (9228), 495–499.
  • Micalco (2013). The use of numbers in embroidery in Tzeltal Mayan communities. Cultural-Historical Psychology, (3), 98-105.
  • Nash (1967). The Logic of Behavior: Curing In A Maya Indian Town. Human Organization 26(3) 132-140
  • Plough, Alonzo, et al. “Pandemics and Health Equity: Lessons Learned from the H1N1 Response in Los Angeles County.(Report).” Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, vol. 17, no. 1, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, WK Health, Jan. 2011.
  • Quinn SC, Kumar S, Freimuth VS, Musa D, Casteneda-Angarita N, Kidwell K. (2011) Racial disparities in exposure, susceptibility, and access to health care in the US H1N1 influenza pandemic. Am J Public Health. 2011;101(2):285-93. http://proxy.library.georgetown.edu/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/847329699?accountid=11091.
  • Seid, M. & Harris, R. (2004) Globalization and Health in the New Millennium. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. [Online] 3 (1), 1–46.
  • Steele (1977). Dying, death, and bereavement among the Mayan Indians of Mesoamerica: A study in anthropological psychology. The American Psychologist, 32(12), 1060-1068. 10.1037//0003-066X.32.12.1060

COVID-19 and Cameroon, Africa in general, and some other countries in Africa (compiled by Alban Pascal Noudjom Tchana, s.c.j., M.A., Ph.D. (cand.)

  • Cameroun: statistiques . (2019, 5 10). Retrieved from Organisation Mondiale de la Santé : https://www.who.int/countries/cmr/fr/
  • Cooperation strategy between WHO and the Republic of Cameroon: 2017-2020. (2019, 5 10). Retrieved from Oraganización Mundial de la Salud : https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/259898
  • Coronavirus: mesures instruites par le Président Paul BIYA. (2020, 03 18). Retrieved from République du Cameroun, Présidence de La République, : https://www.prc.cm/fr/actualites/4151-coronavirus-mesures-instruites-par-le-president-paul-bia
  • De Montalvo Jääskeläinen, F. (2020, 04 01). La bioética en los tiempos del coronavirus. Retrieved from ABC.es : https://www.abc.es/opinion/abci-federico-montalvo-jaaskelainen-bioetica-tiempos-coronavirus-202004012042_noticia.html
  • Denwo, J. (2020, 05 07). Au Cameroun, Mgr Kleda reçoit de nombreux soutiens pour ses recherches contre le coronavirus. Retrieved from La Croix : https://www.la-croix.com/Religion/Catholicisme/Monde/Au-Cameroun-Mgr-Kleda-recoit-nombreux-soutiens-recherches-contre-coronavirus-2020-05-07-1201093115
  • Finacial Afrik, R. (2020, 05 08). Sénégal: le comité scientifique donne son feu vert à l’artemisia malgache. Retrieved from Financial Afrik: https://www.financialafrik.com/2020/05/08/senegal-le-comite-scientifique-donne-son-feu-vert-a-lartemisia-malgache/
  • France 24. (2020, 05 05). Covid-19 in Madagascar: The president’s controversial ‘miracle cure’. Retrieved from France 24 English : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5OYwdn_gh8
  • Glez, D. (2020, 05 01). Cameroun : quand un archevêque prétend détenir un remède contre le coronavirus. Retrieved from Jeune Afrique : https://www.jeuneafrique.com/937724/societe/chronique-cameroun-quand-un-archeveque-pretend-detenir-un-remede-contre-le-coronavirus/
  • Maclean, R. (2020, 03 17). Africa Braces for Coronavirus, but Slowly. Retrieved from The New York Times : https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/world/africa/coronavirus-africa-burkina-faso.html
  • Mbembe, A. (2019). Necropolitics. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Mbembe, A. (2020). Brutalisme . Paris : La Découverte .
  • Noudjom Tchana, A. (2019). Caminos y retos de la bioética desde una perspectiva africana. Salto hacia una bioética africana. Revista Iberoamericana de bioetcia , 1-9. Retrieved from Revista Iberoamericana de Bioetica .
  • Nussbaum, B. (2003). Ubuntu: Reflections of a South African on Our Common Humanity. Reflection The Sol Journal, 21-26.
  • OMS. (2020, 04 13). Les Conseil pour lutter contre la pandemie du covid-19. Retrieved from La Croix Africa: https://africa.la-croix.com/coronavirus-les-conseils-pratiques-pour-lutter-contre-le-virus-2/
  • Shaheen, M ; Wolfgang, P ; Ndèye, A and Kallay, O. (2020, 04 28). Limiting the spread of COVID-19 in Africa: one size mitigation strategies do not fit all countries. Retrieved from The Lancet Global Health : https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(20)30212-6/fulltext#coronavirus-linkback-header
  • Worldometers. (2020, 05 11). Population cameroon . Retrieved from Worldometers: https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/cameroon-population/

Video Resources:

Section III: Selected Resources: General Global Bioethics 

Books

  • Afolabi, Michael Olusegun. Public Health Disasters: A Global Ethical Framework. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2018. Bioethics  Research Library.  Available: KIE Stacks RA42.25.A36 2018
  • Bagheri, Alireza, ed.; Moreno, Jonathan D., ed.; Semplici, Stefano, ed.
  • Global Bioethics: The Impact of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016. Bioethics Research Library. Available:  KIE Stacks QH332 .G564 2016
  • Coggon, John.; Gola, Swati. Global health and international community ethical, political and regulatory challenges  London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.  Available online.
  • Chuwa, Leonard Tumaini. African indigenous ethics in global bioethics: interpreting Ubuntu.
  • Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2014. Bioethics Research Library. Available: KIE Stacks QH332 .C49 2014
  • Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Elena; Loescher, Gil; Long, Katy; Sigona, Nando. The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014. 
  • Mastroianni, Anna C.; Kahn, Jeffrey P.; Kass, Nancy E., eds. The Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2019.  Bioethics Research Library. Available:  KIE Stacks HF5387 .O95 2010
  • McInnes, Colin; Lee, Kelley; Youde, Jeremy, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2020
  • Millum, Joseph and Emanuel, Ezekiel J., eds. Global Justice and Bioethics. Oxford University Press, 2012. Available: KIE Stacks R724.G5955 2012
  • Teays, Wanda, ed.. Global bioethics and human rights : contemporary issues
  • Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. Bioethics Research Library. Available:, KIE Stacks QH332 .G5626 2014
  • ten Have, H.A.M.J.  Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics.  Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016. 
  • ten Have, H.A.M.J. Global bioethics: an introduction. Oxon, England; New York, New York: Routledge, 2016.  Available: KIE Stacks QH332 .H384 2016
  •  ten Have, H.A.M.J. ed.; Gordijn, Bert, ed.  Handbook of global bioethics. 4 volumes. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014.  Bioethics Research Library. Available:  KIE Reference QH332 .H28 2014
  • Tham, Joseph, Kwan, Kai Man, Garcia, Alberto eds.  Religious Perspectives on Bioethics and Human Rights. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2017. Bioethics Research Library. Available: KIE Stacks BL65.H78 R48 2017 

Journal Articles

Web Resources:

            

Except where otherwise noted, these resources these resources were compiled by Roxie France-Nuriddin, Reference and Program Specialist, Bioethics Research Library and Laura J. Bishop, Associate Teaching Professor, Academic Program Director,  Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University.