Vol 12, Iss 2 – June 2020

We are proud to present our June 2020 issue, the second issue of this year’s volume 12, with a thematic section on the ethical responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this first issue of the Asian Bioethics Review since the advent of global lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are very pleased to publish a range of papers from across the globe that demonstrate very admirably the continued contributions of the bioethics community. We have been particularly heartened by the very strong response to our Call for Perspective papers addressing the ethical issues raised by the pandemic.

The current issue is framed by COVID-19-related contributions, but we also offer other important perspectives in bioethics on a range of issues—all advocating for change in our world. This issue stands as testament to the sustainability of bioethical contributions, both those that are a rapid response to a crisis such as COVID-19 and those that demonstrate the continued struggle we face collectively to bring about changes for the better in human health and well-being.

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Sustaining bioethical contributions in times of crisis and change
Editorial by Graeme T. Laurie
doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00129-z [Free Access]

The Perfect Moral Storm: Diverse ethical considerations in the COVID-19 pandemic
Vicki Xafis, G. Owen Schaefer, Markus Labude, Yujia Zhu and Li Yang Hsu
doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00125-3 [Free Access]

Ethical Practices and Legal Challenges in Mental Health Research in India
Smita N. Deshpande, Vishwajit L. Nimgaonkar, Triptish Bhatia, Nagendra Narayan Mishra, Rajesh Nagpal and Lisa S. Parker
doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00116-4

The Ethics of the Reuse of Disposable Medical Supplies
Anjan Kumar Das, Taketoshi Okita, Aya Enzo and Atsushi Asai
doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00114-6

Will Confucian Values Help or Hinder the Crisis of Elder Care in Modern Singapore?
Kathryn Muyskens
doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00123-5

Non-Commercial Surrogacy in Thailand: Ethical, Legal, Social Implications in Local and Global Context
Yuri Hibino
doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00126-2

Life after death – the dead shall teach the living’ – a qualitative study on the motivations and expectations of body donors, their families and religious scholars in the South Indian city of Bangalore
Aiswarya Sasi, Radhika Hegde, Stephen Dayal and Manjulika Vaz
doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00117-3

What Does it Mean for a Case to be “Local”? The Importance of Local Relevance and Resonance for Bioethics Education in the Asia Pacific Region
Sara M. Bergstresser, Kulsoom Ghias, Stuart Lane, Wee-Ming Lau, Isabel S.S. Hwang, Olivia M.Y. Ngan, Robert L. Klitzman and Ho Keung Ng
doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00120-8

An ethical analysis of the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) using the stake-holder approach to Universal Health Care in India
Saumil Dholakia
doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00121-7

The Role of Palliative Medicine in ICU Bed Allocation in COVID-19: a Joint Position Statement of the Singapore Hospice Council and the Chapter of Palliative Medicine Physicians
Lalit Kumar Radha Krishna, Han Yee Neo, Elisha Wan Ying Chia, Kuang Teck Tay, Noreen Chan, Patricia Soek Hui Neo, Cynthia Goh, Tan Ying Peh, Min Chiam and James Alvin Yiew Hock Low
doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00128-0 [Free Access]

COVID-19 pandemic: a litmus test of trust in the health system
Vijayaprasad Gopichandran, Sudharshini Subramaniam and Maria Jusler Kalsingh
doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00122-6 [Free Access]

“What’s inconvenient for you, is life-saving for me”: How health inequities are playing out during the COVID-19 pandemic
Vicki Xafis
doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00119-1 [Open Access]

COVID-19 super-spreaders: definitional quandaries and implications
Emma Cave
doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00118-2 [Open Access]

Ethics Education for Successful Infectious Disease Control of COVID-19
Hannah YeeFen Lim
doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00124-4 [Open Access]

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