Global sharing of COVID-19 therapies during a "New Normal"

Bioethics. 2022 Jul;36(6):699-707. doi: 10.1111/bioe.13028. Epub 2022 Apr 25.


This paper argues for global sharing of COVID-19 treatments during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond based on principles of global solidarity. It starts by distinguishing two types of COVID-19 treatments and models sharing strategies for each in small-group scenarios, contrasting groups that are solidaristic with those composed of self-interest maximizers to show the appeal of solidaristic reasoning. It then extends the analysis, arguing that a similar logic should apply within and between nations. To further elaborate global solidarity, the paper distinguishes morally voluntary, sliding-scale, and mandatory versions. It argues for an all-hands-on-deck approach and gives examples to illustrate. The paper concludes that during the COVID-19 crisis, global solidarity is a core value, and global sharing of COVID-19 treatments should be considered a duty of justice, not of charity.

Keywords: COVID-19; allocation; ethics; global health; justice; solidarity.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Social Justice