Social Science and Medicine 114323 (286) (2021)

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Eric Winsberg
University of South Florida
Stephanie Harvard
University of British Columbia
John Symons
University of Kansas
Abstract
Scientific modelling is a value-laden process: the decisions involved can seldom be made using ‘scientific’ criteria alone, but rather draw on social and ethical values. In this paper, we draw on a body of philosophical literature to analyze a COVID-19 vaccination model, presenting a case study of social and ethical value judgments in health-oriented modelling. This case study urges us to make value judgments in health-oriented models explicit and interpretable by non-experts and to invite public involvement in making them.
Keywords values in science   modelling   public engagement in science
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