June 25, 2020 – June 26, 2020
As governments around the world seek paths toward reopening their economies and away from the social distancing restrictions that have been imposed in order to control the spread of COVID-19, immunity passports have been proposed as one solution. Françoise Baylis and Natalie Kofler will discuss and answer questions about the many ethical, practical, and sc ientific challenges posed by immunity passports and other types of state-sa nctioned health checks.
Françoise Baylis will occupy the 2020-21 Wayne M orse Chair. She is a bioethicist and university research professor at Dalho usie University, Nova Scotia. Natalie Kofler is a molecular biologist and founding director of Editing Nature, a global initiative to steer responsi ble development and deployment of environmental genetic technologies. Baylis and Kofler co-authored a commentary in Nature titled 10 Reasons Why Immunity Passports Are Bad on May 28, 2020.