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The Ethics of Vaccine Distribution And Holiday Season Giving

Tyrone Tyner, a medical assistant at Truman Medical Center prepares a drive-through patient for a COVID-19 test on Oct. 28.
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As COVID-19 vaccines are almost ready to roll out, who should be in line after frontline medical workers and long-term care patients?

The ethics professors discuss the priorities for distributing vaccines and whether 'tis better to give more than we receive this pandemic holiday season.

The ethics professors agreed on who is getting the COVID-19 vaccine first. When it came to whether a person should be required to get the vaccine there was a difference of opinion. And in a time when many won't be able to afford a holiday celebration, should the rest of us be giving more to charity and spending less on ourselves and loved ones?

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