HUMN 330 discussion 4 - A virus is rapidly becoming a...

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A virus is rapidly becoming a pandemic. You are in charge of the CDC and have been given the authority to distribute a rare, but effective, cure. The problem is that it takes a considerable amount of time to produce the medication. Currently, there are 50,000 people infected (with more every day) but only 1,000 available doses of medication. How do you determine who gets the shot? What is the rationale? Following the moral theory of utilitarianism, which can be described as a teleological and consequentialist theory arguing that the purpose of our actions is happiness and that the correct thing is defined in relation to the best consequences to those affected, I would start off by vaccinating everyone related to the production of the medication (Rosenstand, 2013, p. 231). In order to provide more medication we need the personnel readily available and certified to do so and if they become ill there will be no more doses. Therefore, all professionals related to the production, delivery, and application of the cure will be vaccinated first. Following the
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