ISSN: 0034-8376
eISSN: 2564-8896






Bioethics in the COVID-19 Pandemic Research: Challenges and Strategies



Alejandra González-Duarte, Research Committee, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán, Mexico City, Mexico.
Martha Kaufer-Horwitz, Research Committee, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán, Mexico City, Mexico.
Carlos A. Aguilar-Salinas, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism; Metabolic Disorders Research Unit, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán, Mexico City; Tec Salud, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, N.L


As all other aspects in times of the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 pandemic, carrying-out quality clinical research has been challenging. Many well-established paradigms have shifted as a consequence of the rapid demand for new knowledge. New treatments are fast-moving, informed consent forms are difficult to obtain, a competitive invitation from researchers to participate in different studies is common, and non-COVID-19 research protocols are suffering continuity. However, these challenges should not imply taking shortcuts or accepting deficiencies in bioethical standards, but rather enhance the alertness for rigorous ethical approaches despite these less than ideal circumstances. In this manuscript, we point out some interrogates in COVID-19 research and outline possible strategies to overcome the difficult task to continue with high-quality research without violating the ethical principles.



Keywords: Coronavirus disease-19. Informed Consent. Research Ethics Committees. Ethics.