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Just Price and a Coronavirus Vaccine: Perspectives from Modern Economics, Public Health, and the Thomistic Tradition (Link)

This event was held virtually on Monday, October 26th, 2020 at 7pm. and was co-sponsored by the Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture, the Las Casas Institute for Social Justice at Blackfriars, Oxford, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, and Fung Global Fellows Program, PIIRS, Princeton University.

What happens when we finally find the vaccine that the world has been waiting for since the year began: who gets it? Just as importantly, who determines who gets it and on what basis? If our pluralist society lacks a common ethical framework, how much more challenging will it be to settle on one that adequately addresses a global pandemic. Which traditions of moral philosophy can we draw from to derive judgments about the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine that are fair and just and that also account for the conditions of production?

This digital panel exploring these questions and more features:

  • Dr. Jesús Fernández Villaverde, Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Collegium Faculty Fellow, and Co-Founder and Vice-President of CREDO (Catholic Research Economists' Discussion Organization)
  • Dr. Thana De Campos, a Research Associate at the Las Casas Institute of Blackfriars Hall of the University of Oxford and Assistant Professor of the School of Government at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, as well as author of the recent monograph Global Health Crisis: Ethical Responsibilities (Cambridge University Press).
  • Dr. John Buchmann, Executive Director of the Beatrice Institute, and a moral theologian currently revising a manuscript that engages Adam Smith and Thomas Aquinas on the nature of justice in economic exchange.
  • Dr. Claudio Lucarelli, Associate Professor of Healthcare Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.