What is right and what is wrong is a dilemma that scientists, regulators and laypersons have faced frequently during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lines between the right and the wrong choice are more blurred than ever in governance and decision-making relating to health.

In ‘Right or Wrong: Vaccination and Ethics’, the second episode of the podcast ‘Healthy Dose’, we speak to Dr Anant Bhan, an eminent bioethicist and Adjunct Professor at Yenepoya University, to explore these dilemmas through the lens of Bioethics.

The episode attempts to make sense of what bioethical principles bind scientists, regulators and decision-makers in a public health emergency or otherwise. How can laypersons understand these principles and its application in their daily life?


  1. Ethical considerations for use of unregistered interventions for Ebola viral disease, Report of an advisory panel to WHO, World Health Organisation.
  2. Ethics in epidemics, emergencies and disasters: Research, surveillance and patient care, World Health Organisation.
  3. Key criteria for the ethical acceptability of COVID-19 human challenge studies, WHO Working Group for Guidance on Human Challenge Studies in COVID-19, World Health Organisation.
  4. Ethical considerations for epidemic vaccine trials, Joshua Teperowski Monrad.
  5. Developing and distributing a vaccine confronts humanity with next moral test, John Authers.
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