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caption: Most efforts to develop a universal flu vaccine have focused on the lollipop-shaped hemagglutinin protein (pink in this illustration of a flu virus).
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Most efforts to develop a universal flu vaccine have focused on the lollipop-shaped hemagglutinin protein (pink in this illustration of a flu virus).
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What are the ethics of experimental drugs?

Acute conditions can't always wait for years of documented research.

Science doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and everything from vaccines to clinical trials has been politicized in the race to find treatment for COVID-19.

Benjamin Wilfond is director of the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Ethics at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He spoke to Ross Reynolds about the decisions medical professionals face when weighing treatment options, and how politics and public pressure may impact the search for a COVID-19 vaccine.