David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Bioethics 22 (6):321–327 (2008)
This article discusses some ethical principles for distributing pandemic influenza vaccine and other indivisible goods. I argue that a number of principles for distributing pandemic influenza vaccine recently adopted by several national governments are morally unacceptable because they put too much emphasis on utilitarian considerations, such as the ability of the individual to contribute to society. Instead, it would be better to distribute vaccine by setting up a lottery. The argument for this view is based on a purely consequentialist account of morality; i.e. an action is right if and only if its outcome is optimal. However, unlike utilitarians I do not believe that alternatives should be ranked strictly according to the amount of happiness or preference satisfaction they bring about. Even a mere chance to get some vaccine matters morally, even if it is never realized.
|Keywords||lottery consequentialism pandemic influenza utilitarianism vaccine|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Derek Parfit (1997). Equality and Priority. Ratio 10 (3):202–221.
John M. Taurek (1977). Should the Numbers Count? Philosophy and Public Affairs 6 (4):293-316.
Michael Otsuka (2006). Saving Lives, Moral Theory, and the Claims of Individuals. Philosophy and Public Affairs 34 (2):109–135.
Iwao Hirose (2001). Saving the Greater Number Without Combining Claims. Analysis 61 (4):341–342.
Iwao Hirose (2004). Aggregation and Numbers. Utilitas 16 (1):62-79.
Citations of this work BETA
Yishai Cohen (2014). Don’T Count on Taurek: Vindicating the Case for the Numbers Counting. Res Publica 20 (3):245-261.
Similar books and articles
Nicolas Espinoza & Martin Peterson (2012). Risk and Mid-Level Moral Principles. Bioethics 26 (1):8-14.
Owen Barder & Ethan Yeh, The Costs and Benefits of Front-Loading and Predictability of Immunization.
Helen A. Fletcher, Tony Hawkridge & Helen McShane (2009). A New Vaccine for Tuberculosis: The Challenges of Development and Deployment. [REVIEW] Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 6 (2):219-228.
Marcel Verweij (2009). Moral Principles for Allocating Scarce Medical Resources in an Influenza Pandemic. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 6 (2):159--169.
Godfrey B. Tangwa (2002). The HIV/AIDS Pandemic, African Traditional Values and the Search for a Vaccine in Africa. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 27 (2):217 – 230.
John Broome (1984). Selecting People Randomly. Ethics 95 (1):38-55.
Martin Peterson (2004). Foreign Aid and the Moral Value of Freedom. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 7 (3):293-307.
J. M. Tchuenche, S. A. Khamis, F. B. Agusto & S. C. Mpeshe (2011). Optimal Control and Sensitivity Analysis of an Influenza Model with Treatment and Vaccination. Acta Biotheoretica 59 (1):1-28.
Matthew K. Wynia (2006). Ethics and Public Health Emergencies: Rationing Vaccines. American Journal of Bioethics 6 (6):4 – 7.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads38 ( #115,829 of 1,939,198 )
Recent downloads (6 months)11 ( #49,864 of 1,939,198 )
How can I increase my downloads?