Full Disclosure and Informed Consent in times of COVID-19

In this video, Prof. Jim Unah, President of the Philosophers Association of Nigeria, sets out the principle of full disclosure as a major factor of trust building in times of COVID-19. As the world is responding to the global health crisis in relation to COVID-19, many concerns have arisen as to the ethical and human rights dimensions of the ways emergency responses have been organized. This crisis is not only a health issue, but has immediate impacts on social cohesion, solidarity, poverty, and vulnerability, scientific research, etc. This has been highlighted in the Statement released by UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (IBC) and UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST), on 30 March 2020. In order to keep up with the ethical principles and standards UNESCO stands for in the area of Bioethics and Ethics of Sciences and Technologies, UNESCO through its Offices in Africa has stepped up with a first initiative entitled Providing Ethical Frameworks to COVID-19 Responses. Prominent experts and ethicists from the Southern Africa region and from around the world have participated to provide advice to decision-makers and frontline professionals, who are presently at the frontline in fighting the pandemic in this situation of emergency.