Upcoming Virtual Lecture and Panel

Harvard Law School

Event Description

Personal protective equipment or PPE has been a major topic of discussion across the nation. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed major shortages of PPE and health care workers are being asked take care of patients with what some would argue is inadequate protection. The guidelines set by the CDC have changed and recommendations have even gone so far as to approve bandannas as a means for respiratory protection. Some have argued that it is unethical for health care workers to not have adequate protection, while others think it’s their duty, protected or not. Adding to this debate has been theft, hoarding and disparate distribution of these critical supplies. Join us for a panel discussion with moderator Carmel Shachar, Stephen P. Wood, Christine Mitchell and Dr. Michael Mina as we explore the ethics of PPE in the COVID-19 pandemic.

This event is free and can be viewed online by the public, but registration is required. Register now!


  • Stephen P. Wood, Fellow in Bioethics, Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School
  • Christine Mitchell, Executive Director, Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School
  • Michael Mina, Assistant Professor, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Moderator: Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Online Viewing

In light of the rapidly developing COVID-19 outbreaks, Harvard University has restricted on-campus events. As a result, in-person attendance at this event isn’t allowed. Instead, the full panel discussion will be available for viewing online. To ensure that you will receive access to the livestream and be kept up to date on any changes to the event, register now. A link to the livestream of the event will be sent to all registrants in the days before the event.