The coronavirus disease-19 pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus has faced the transplant community with unprecedented clinical challenges in a highly vulnerable patient category. These were associated with many uncertainties for patients and health care professionals and prompted many ethical debates regarding the safe delivery of kidney transplantation. In this article, we highlight some of the most important ethical questions that were raised during the pandemic and attempt to analyze ethical arguments in light of core principles of medical ethics to either suspend or continue kidney transplantation, and to mandate vaccination in transplant patients, transplant candidates, and, finally, health care providers. We have come up with frameworks to deal responsibly with these ethical challenges, and formulated recommendations to cope with the issues imposed on patients and transplant professionals.
Ethical Issues in Kidney Transplant and Donation During COVID-19 Pandemic / Chow, K. -M.; Maggiore, U.; Dor, F. J. M. F.. - In: SEMINARS IN NEPHROLOGY. - ISSN 0270-9295. - (2022). [10.1016/j.semnephrol.2022.07.006]