Is it right to cut corners in the search for a coronavirus cure? | Julian Savulescu

Vaccine and drug trials are slow, to account for safety. But in a pandemic time isn’t just money – it’s lives

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The race is on to find a treatment for coronavirus. This race is split between two approaches: the trialling of pre-existing drugs used for similar diseases, and the hunt for a vaccine. In both instances, important ethical decisions must be made. Is it OK to reassign a treatment that comes with side-effects? And with thousands dying from coronavirus every day, is it acceptable to cut corners in the search for a vaccine?

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