CfP: SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak

Call for Book Chapters: Ethical Issues of the SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak in East-Central Europe and Beyond

Edited by Dr. Assya Pascalev (
Howard University, director of the Bulgarian Center for Bioethics) 

and Dr. Gergely Tari (Assistant Lecturer of Medical Ethics and Medical Anthropology, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged)

A hundred years after the dramatic societal and demographic consequences of the “Spanish” influenza, humanity is facing a new global public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The need to highlight the fundamental bioethical implications generated by the epidemic became essential shortly after medical professionals observed the highly virulent nature of the novel coronavirus. Countries across the globe, regardless of their economic prosperity, had to make serious ethical considerations regarding the rationing of patients for ICU beds or artificial respiration. Furthermore, as we speak, new moral dilemmas arise concerning COVID-19 research projects, vaccine allocation, and vaccination policies. 

This call for papers targets those academics and researchers who focus on the ethical challenges of the coronavirus pandemic in the East-Central European Region (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine). 

Suitable topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Public health ethics implications of COVID-19
  • Ethical challenges of sharing medical information about COVID-19
  • Ethical issues of resource allocation among COVID infected people
  • Moral concerns of clinical research during the pandemic
  • Ethical issues concerning immunization (vaccine allocation and policies)
  • Concepts of moral justice with regard to the coronavirus 


Short abstract submission (500 words): May 1st, 2021 (please also include your short bio)

Notification of abstract acceptance: mid May 2021

Full paper submission: September 1st, 2021


The authors of the submitted papers will also have the opportunity to present their papers within an online conference dedicated to this volume, which will take place tentatively at the end of September (date TBA).


Please submit your abstracts to the editors at and

You can download the Call for Papers in PDF here.


In: Root


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