Summary report of swissethics on the work of the ethics committees from March to June 2020, due to to the Covid-19 pandemic 

Covid-19: Changes for the Ethics Committees March to June 2020: Challenges and effects on the number of applications and on the timelines
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Selection of publications on COVID-19 pandemic (research, perspectives, ethics, ...)

In chronological order of publication:


Ethics of controlled human infection to address COVID-1
S.K. Shah, et. al., Science, May 22, 2020 (Link)

Werden ethische und wissenschaftliche Standards in Krisenzeiten über Bord geworfen?
P. Kleist, Zürcher Zentrum für Integrative Humanphysiologie (ZIHP), May 19, 2020 (Link)

Clinical trials for Covid-19: can we better use the short window of opportunity?
H.-G. Eichler et al. ASCPT, May 14, 2020 (Link)

Consider pregnancy in COVID-19 therapeutic drug and vaccine trials
C.L. Whitehead, S.P. Walker, The Lancet, May 13, 2020 (Link)

Waste in covid-19 research
Paul P Glasziou, BMJ, May 12, 2020 (Link

Key criteria for the ethical acceptability of COVID-19 human challenge studies. WHO Working Group for Guidance on Human Challenge Studies in COVID-19, WHO, May 6, 2020 (Link)

Randomized Clinical Trials and COVID-19Managing Expectations
H. Bauchner, P.B. Fontanarosa, JAMA, published online May 4, 2020 (Link)

Position of the European Network of Research Ethics Committees (EUREC) on the Responsibility of Research Ethics Committees during the COVID-19 Pandemic, April 27, 2020 (Link)

Against pandemic research exceptionalism
A.J. London, J. Kimmelman. Science, April 23, 2020 (Link)

Audio Interview: Approaches to Covid-19 Vaccines and Antiviral
E.J. Rubin, L.R. Baden, S. Morrissey. NEJM, April 23, 2020 (Link)

Endothelial cell infection and endotheliitis in COVID-19
Varga Z. et al. Lancet, published online April 17, 2020 (Link

Drug Evaluation during the Covid-19 Pandemic
B.J. Rome, J. Avorn. NEJM, April 14, 2020 (Link)

Statement of the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK/CNE)  on contact tracing
Nr. 33/2020. April 6, 2020. In German, in French, in Italian

Viewpoint: COVID-19 epidemic in Switzerland: on the importance of testing, contact tracing and isolation
M. Salathé et al. Swiss Med Wkly. March 19, 2020 (Link)

Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Webinar 'Ethics in the research response to COVID-19'
April 3, 2020 (Link)  

Preserving Clinical Trial Integrity During the Coronavirus Pandemic
McDermott MM, Newman AB. JAMA, March 25, 2020 (Link)

Viewpoint: Treating COVID-19—Off-Label Drug Use, Compassionate Use, and Randomized Clinical Trials During Pandemics
A.C. Kalil, JAMA, March 24, 2020 (Link)

WHO launches global megatrial of the four most promising coronavirus treatments
Kai Kupfermschmidt, John Cohen, Science, March 22, 2020 (Link)  

Responding to Covid-19 — A Once-in-a-Century Pandemic?
Bill Gates. NEJM, first published online February 28, 2020 (Link)

Ethical Criteria for Human Challenge Studies in Infectious Diseases
B. Bambery et al., Public Health Ethics, first published online September 27, 2015 (Link)