Biotechnology and Global Health: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, November 4, 2021 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This talk is part of Ethically Speaking: A UCF Interdisciplinary Series on Contemporary Moral Issues.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed myriad vulnerabilities and inequities in global health. One major lesson that the world must learn is how biotechnology and access to biotechnical infrastructure have impacted the course of the pandemic and the distribution of its burdens. Discussions of global-health ethics often (and rightly) focus on lack of basic health care infrastructure. Although it is not a substitute for shortfalls in clinical resources, biotechnology plays an important role in global health. Dr. Cwik will discuss how addressing major ethical challenges in global health requires diffusion of biomedical technology and technical capacity to address issues, such as inequitable access to vaccines.

Speaker Bio
Dr. Bryan Cwik is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and University Studies at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He studies biomedical ethics and political philosophy. He has published on gene editing, climate change, and intellectual property, and is currently at work on a book on the ethics of biotechnology.

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