David Ferguson Jr. was denied a heart transplant after declining to take the COVID-19 vaccine, prompting protestors to rally in support. The Boston hospital, Brigham and Women’s, says that this vaccination requirement is standard policy to improve the survival chances of transplant patients, whose immune systems are compromised upon release. But many believe that denying Ferguson’s transplant violates medical ethics and reduces his life to a pawn in a political battle between anti-vaxxers and medical experts. Dr. Arthur Caplan – author & professor of Bioethics at NYU – joins Ask Dr. Drew to discuss the ethical questions surrounding Ferguson’s case.
Dr. Arthur Caplan is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center and the founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics. Dr. Caplan is the author or editor of thirty-five books and more than 800 papers in peer reviewed journals. His most recent books are “Vaccination Ethics” and “Policy and Getting to Good: Research Integrity in Biomedicine.”
Follow Dr. Caplan: twitter.com/arthurcaplan
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