Bloomberg Law
Aug. 14, 2020, 9:35 AM

A Fake Shot May Be Your Ticket to the Front of the Vaccine Line

Jeannie Baumann
Jeannie Baumann

Thousands of Americans who volunteer for Covid-19 vaccine trials only to get a placebo should jump toward the front of the line when a shot is available, bioethicists said.

Front line health workers will likely get the vaccine first once one is ready, but parsing out who should go next for limited shots among 300 million Americans is something medical experts and policymakers are already wrestling with. One of the groups up for some extra consideration is volunteers who received a placebo during the medical trials.

Distributing the vaccine is a fraught proposition, and medical experts are juggling competing interests ...

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