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COVID-19 Related Resources in Pediatric Bioethics

The Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center has collected resources addressing some of the ethical issues that we've encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to share this information with you as we navigate through this pandemic.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 and pediatric ethics, please feel free to reach out to

Note: This information will be updated regularly as we encounter new issues and concerns.

Symposiums, webinars, articles and podcasts

Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Khoo EJ. Acta Paediatr. 2020 Jul;109(7):1323-1325. doi: 10.1111/apa.15307. Epub 2020 Apr 29. PMID: 32289175 Free PMC article. No abstract available.

Benefits and Risks of Visitor Restrictions for Hospitalized Children During the COVID Pandemic. Virani AK, Puls HT, Mitsos R, Longstaff H, Goldman RD. Pediatrics. 2020 Aug;146(2):e2020000786. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-000786. Epub 2020 May 19. PMID: 32430441

Haward MF, Moore GP, Janvier A. Paediatric ethical issues during the COVID-19 pandemic are not just about ventilator triage. Acta Paediatr. 2020 Aug;109(8):1519-1521. doi: 10.1111/apa.15334.

Haward MF, Janvier A, Moore GP, Laventhal N, Fry JT. Should Extremely Premature Babies Get Ventilators During the COVID-19 Crisis? Am J Bioeth. 2020 Jul;20(7):37-43. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2020.1764134

Antiel RM, Curlin FA, Persad G, White DB, Zhang C, Glickman A, Emanuel EJ. Should Pediatric Patients Be Prioritized When Rationing Life-Saving Treatments During COVID-19 Pandemic. Pediatrics. 2020 Sep;146(3):e2020012542. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-012542.

Wolfe ID, Patel A, Kociolek LK, Fazal A, Jhaveri R. Exploration and Ethical Analysis of Open-label Pediatric Vaccine Trials in a Pandemic. Clin Ther. 2021 Jun;43(6):e163-e172. doi: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2021.04.010.

Children's Hospital ICU Resource Allocation in an Adult Pandemic. Wolfe ID, Garrett JR, Carter BS. Pediatrics. 2020 Jul;146(1):e20201140. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-1140.

COVID-19 Trial Enrollment for Those Who Cannot Consent: Ethical Challenges Posed by a Pandemic. House SA, Shubkin CD, Lahey T, Brosco JP. Pediatrics. 2020 Nov;146(5):e2020010728. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-010728.