The oncoming H1N1 flu vaccine raises a few important ethical questions. How much vaccine should a developed nation purchase? Should there be enough vaccine for every person in a country to get two doses? Should a country order less vaccine and only attempt to vaccinate "at risk" populations? Should a developed nation order more vaccine and give out its surplus to countries who can't afford vaccine? If this is a global health problem, should the vaccine be distributed through an international body like the UN?
These and other critical questions are addressed in this article in the Globe and Mail about how the Canadian government is purchasing vaccine and making these difficult ethical decisions.
Its a very thought provoking read. I'm curious what other scientists think about vaccine distribution.