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How should access to a COVID-19 vaccine be regulated? (2020)

Position paper of the joint working group of members of the Standing Committee on Vaccination, the German Ethics Council and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Published by of the Standing Committee on Vaccination, the German Ethics Council and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

(2020, 6 pages)

The first COVID-19 vaccines could be authorised as early as the start of 2021. However, in all likelihood, there will not be sufficient vaccine doses in the beginning for all the people willing to undergo vaccination. This is why prioritisation will be necessary. In the position paper, medical-epidemiological aspects of infection prevention are presented alongside ethical, legal and practical considerations. On this basis, the authors develop a framework for action for the initial prioritisation of vaccination measures against COVID-19.

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