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Maxwell Smith

Smith is a bioethicist and co-director of the Health Ethics, Law, and Policy Lab at the University of Western Ontario.[1]Smith is a professor of bioethics who served as an ethics advisor for the World Health Organization.[2]Smith, a faculty of health sciences professor at Western who also has had an ongoing ethics advisory role to the World Health Organization, is leading a project examining the ethics behind rapid research and development of treatments and vaccines.[3]Smith led a Canadian government-funded project that examined how the world’s response to the Ebola virus might serve as an ethics template for the COVID-19 outbreak.[4]Faculty of Health Sciences professor Smith received a grant worth more than $283,000 for his project on examining the ethics of rapid research and development of coronavirus treatments and vaccines.[5]

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Why a flatter curve does not mean we've won the COVID-19 battle

"S" represents the number of those susceptible to infection. Likewise, the decision to scale back these public health measures must take into account not only "the curve" and the degree to which it has been flattened, but also the number of Canadians who remain susceptible to the virus. Assuming that recovery from the infection brings a measure of immunity, as more Canadians move from the susceptible category to infectious and ultimately to recovered, we can reasonably conclude there will be less need for such aggressive social distancing and restrictive public health measures.[1]

04/29/2020

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Ontario taps Western University chancellor, bioethics professor for vaccine task force

Linda Hasenfratz is an autoparts magnate and Maxwell Smith studied the response to Ebola The Ontario government has named a task force for the province's future rollout of a vaccine against the coronavirus and London, Ont. Autoparts magnate Linda Hasenfratz, who is currently serving in the largely ceremonial role as Western's chancellor and bioethics professor Maxwell Smith have been selected to be part of a panel in charge of the distribution and administration of a COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario.[2]

12/04/2020

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2 Western University COVID-19 response projects receive federal funding

Two research teams out of Western University are among 47 to receive a portion of $26.7-million in federal funding as part of Canada’s response to the novel coronavirus. Maxwell Smith, a faculty of health sciences professor at Western who also has had an ongoing ethics advisory role to the World Health Organization, is leading a project examining the ethics behind rapid research and development of treatments and vaccines. Smith’s project has received a grant of $283,656.[3]

03/06/2020

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