During the pandemic, AHRC-funded research has examined questions relating to legal and ethical preparedness and responsiveness within health and social care and in government. Studies cover public sector procurement, COVID-19 related fraud, the use and management of data by the public sector, and vaccine development, uptake and delivery. They have identified a need for cross-departmental government responses and national frameworks to deal with some of the most complex issues.
Researchers have considered pressing ethical issues including around human rights and inequalities faced by those using and working within the health and care system and how these affect access to care and treatment and working conditions.
Findings will be relevant for policymakers wanting to build public trust and to implement processes and regulation to ensure good and equitable governance across a wide spectrum of national and local contexts, as well as for those responsible for planning and delivering future emergency responses.
Download policy briefing papers and further information for these projects:
- The Observatory for Monitoring Data-Driven Responses to COVID-19 (OMDDAC)
- An Urgent Review of Single Source Procurement During the Pandemic: Recommendations for Best Practice and Reform
- Combatting Gendered, Sexual and Online Harms and Risks During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Developing Resources for Young People, Parents and Schools
- When Pandemic and Everyday Ethics Collide: Supporting Ethical Decision-Making in Maternity Care and Paediatrics During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Assessing the viability of access and benefit-sharing models of equitable distribution of vaccines in international law
- Stay Home Stories: Rethinking the Domestic During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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