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Press Release 03/2019 Ethics Council: germline interventions currently too risky, but not ethically out of the question

Last year, the birth of the first genetically modified babies shook the world. The German Ethics Council now presents a comprehensive ethical investigation into possible interventions in the genome of human embryos or germ cells. The Council does not deem the human germline to be inviolable. It does, however, consider germline interventions to be ethically irresponsible at the present time because of the associated incalculable risks. The Council, therefore, calls for an application moratorium and recommends that the Federal Government and the Bundestag work towards a binding international agreement.

Press Release 02/2019 Ethics Council calls for a more nuanced debate on mandatory vaccination

The German Ethics Council welcomes efforts to increase vaccination rates. However, in view of the current debate on mandatory measles vaccination, it criticises the illegitimate narrowing of the discussion to children, the insufficient consideration of the available data, and the vagueness of the concept of mandatory vaccination. It therefore advocates a comprehensive approach.

Press Release 01/2019 Ethics Council attends to national and international vaccination policies

At a public hearing in Berlin on 21 February 2019, the German Ethics Council discussed with experts from the fields of virology, epidemiology and political science which regulatory measures for the improvement of vaccination rates are ethically and legally acceptable or reasonable. The results of this hearing will be incorporated into the Opinion “Vaccination as a duty?” that the Ethics Council is currently preparing.