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18th Jan 2021

The ethics of vaccine distribution

COVID-19 has led to two million deaths worldwide. With distribution of the highly anticipated vaccines underway, ethical questions about who should receive the vaccine first are of great significance. How should governments prioritise healthcare workers, seniors, people with pre-existing conditions, and racial minorities, who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19? How do international organizations develop guidance? And how do governments, policymakers and public health officials implement this guidance?

In the first episode of season 3, our host Sruthi Palaniappan is joined by University of Oxford Professor Jonathan Wolff, the co-author of a paper on ethical COVID vaccine distribution, to unpack these questions and more. To uncover how the vaccine distribution plan is implemented in practice, our correspondent Veniecia Laylor speaks with Dr. Ira Klein, the Chief Medical Officer of Health New England, who is leading the roll out of the COVID vaccine in Western Massachusetts.  


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About the Podcast

Oxford Policy Pod
A policy podcast from students at the Blavatnik School of Government
A bi-weekly policy podcast based out of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. The Oxford Policy Pod explores pressing policy issues around the globe and is produced by students reading for a Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government.

The podcast explores contemporary policy challenges that policymakers face all over the world, and taps into the rich diversity of policy experience and insights of the student body and faculty.

The executive producer for season 3 is Lian Ryan-Hume. The show is hosted by Sruthi Palaniappan, edited by Allisha Azlan, produced by Jessica Krejcie, and researched by Manuel Azuero, Veniecia Laylor, Nandita Venkatesan, Paolo Tejano, Adam Flaherty, Mayra Gramani, Frédérique St-Jean, and Laura Caccia.

The podcast is supported by the staff of the Blavatnik School of Government.

To keep up with the latest on our episodes, follow us on Instagram @OxfordPolicyPod_ and Twitter @OxfordPolicyPod.