February 25, 2021 | Vaccine Rationing and the Urgency of Social Justice

COVID-19 has exacerbated racial disparities in disease and mortality. Should those racial groups hit hardest by the pandemic be given higher priority in vaccination distribution? Is favorable healthcare treatment of any racial group legal in the U.S.? Please join this important discussion between Harald Schmidt, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and Kalpana Krishnamurthy, National Field and Policy Director at Forward Together, Portland. Together they will discuss the compelling issues raised in Dr. Schmidt’s JAMA opinion article, “Is It Lawful and Ethical to Prioritize Racial Minorities for COVID-19 Vaccines?


Kalpana Krishnamurthy is National Field and Policy Director at Forward Together, Portland. In addition to national policy work, she directs the organization’s state-based organizing and civic engagement program. She previously directed the racial justice and gender justice programs at Western States Center. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity.


Harald Schmidt, PhD is Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy; Research Associate, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics; and Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. His research interest is improving opportunity and reducing disadvantage for marginalized populations in healthcare.

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