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Press Release 03/2021 Ethics Council discussed triage decisions under pandemic conditions

During a public online event on 24 March 2021, the German Ethics Council debated with invited experts on the prioritisation of life-sustaining medical treatment resources in the Covid-19 pandemic. The focus was particularly on the fundamental ethical and legal conflicts that arise in triage situations.

Press Release 02/2021 Ethics Council hears experts on the topic of “Man and Machine’’

The German Ethics Council is currently preparing an Opinion on the ethical questions regarding the relationship between humans and machines. In this context, it will question four experts on current developments in the field of artificial intelligence and human-machine interfaces at a Public Hearing on Thursday, 25 February 2021.

Press Release 01/2021 Special rules for vaccinated people?

In its Ad hoc Recommendation published today, the German Ethics Council addresses the question of whether a vaccination against Covid-19 may or even must lead to special rules for vaccinated people. At present, the Ethics Council considers it unacceptable to lift state restrictions on civil liberties on an individual basis, not least because the possibility that vaccinated people may still spread the virus cannot be excluded with sufficient certainty.

Press Release 09/2020 Long-term care: A modicum of contact despite infection control

In its Ad hoc Recommendation published today, the German Ethics Council proposes measures to ensure a minimum level of social contact for people living in long-term care facilities, despite the current need for infection control measures.