Earlier this summer, the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC) created an Ethics Subcommittee to develop and propose a statement of ethical principles for the distribution of scarce resources. Their charge included reviewing relevant resources including national and other state guidelines in order to identify and define generally agreed-upon principles to guide ethical decision making about allocating resources such as vaccines and therapeutics.
Yesterday, the SDMAC Ethics Subcommittee posted a DRAFT Ethical Framework to Guide the Allocation of COVID-19 Therapeutics and Vaccines (pdf – external link). This document can also be found on the Wisconsin Public Meetings website.
This eight-page document is now out for public comment until Thurs., Oct. 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Public comments may be submitted to DHSSDMAC@dhs.wisconsin.gov. Please include “Ethics Subcommittee” and “public comment” in the email subject line.