Jonathan Pugh is a Parfit-Radcliffe Richards Senior Research Fellow and Manager of Visitors Programmes for the Oxford Uehiro Centre, University of Oxford. He recently led a Wellcome Trust funded project entitled "The Ethics of Novel Therapeutic Applications of Deep Brain Stimulation". His research interests lie primarily in issues concerning personal autonomy in practical ethics, particularly topics pertaining to informed consent. He has also written on the ethics of human embryonic stem cell research, criminal justice, human enhancement, and gene-editing.
Compulsory medical intervention versus external constraint in pandemic control
Douglas, T, Forsberg, L, Pugh, J
Journal of Medical Ethics
Would compulsory treatment or vaccination for Covid-19 be justified?
In England, there would be significant legal barriers to it. However, we offer a
conditional ethical argument in favour of allowing compulsory treatment and
vaccination, drawing on an ethical comparison with external constraints—such
as quarantine, isolation and ‘lockdown’—that have already been authorised to
control the pandemic. We argue that, if the permissive English approach to
external constraints for Covid-19 has been justified, then there is a case for a
similarly permissive approach to compulsory medical interventions.
FFR, mental health law, vaccination, isolation, public health law, compulsion, quarantine
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