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CILE Virtual Summer School

"Vaccination Ethics"

9-11 August 2021

Open for Local and International Applicants

In Collaboration with

Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar & World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH)



Vaccination Ethics

The broad ethical questions triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic were the focus of the previous CILE Summer School, held on 10-12 August 2020. This new edition of the CILE Summer School will be dedicated to the ethical questions raised by vaccination, namely the administration of a vaccine to help one’s immune system develop protection from serious infections like smallpox, polio, measles, and most recently COVID-19.

On the one hand, the scientific community takes pride in the achievements of vaccination, as it is usually hailed as the most effective method of preventing infectious diseases. Vaccination is usually introduced as a great success story of modern medicine, which contributed to the eradication of life-threatening diseases worldwide. On the other hand, vaccination has also been met with reluctance, hesitancy, or outright rejection by some people on ethical grounds, sometimes couched in, or mixed with, religious, scientific or socio-political arguments. Besides their deliberations on the ethical or unethical character of vaccination itself, both pro- and anti-vaccination voices have a long list of ethical questions and challenges to grapple with.  

The key ethical debates on vaccination relate to its various phases, including the research, manufacturing, testing and clinical trials, regulation, and the distribution of vaccines. The long list of ethical issues related to vaccination include the challenge to face global health disparities by securing fair and equitable access to the vaccines, patents and intellectual property rights, voluntary versus mandatory vaccination, balancing individual versus public interests, informed consent, trust, or the lack thereof, in (inter)national healthcare systems, etc. Besides these issues, the religio-ethical discourse in the Islamic tradition focuses on distinctively religious aspects, such as the possible tension between vaccination and trust in God and His predestination or the religiously controversial character of some ingredients of the vaccine, such the cell lines derived from (aborted) human fetal tissues or the materials which are considered “impure” from a religious perspective, like the porcine tissues or porcine gelatin.



Because of the nature of its main themes which comprise aspects related to both scientific and policymaking issues, this edition of CILE Summer School will be organized in collaboration with the Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar and the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH).



In order to adequately represent the complexity and multidimensionality of vaccination ethics, this Summer School will host specialists from different specializations and research interests, including Epidemiology, Islamic Ethics, Bioethics, Public Health, and Healthcare Policy. The current list of speakers will include the following:

  • Jeffrey Kahn (TBC): Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University
  • Khalid Hamid Elawad: Manager of Communicable Disease Control and Infection Prevention, Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC)
  • Laith Jamal Abu Raddad: Professor of Population Health Sciences, Population Health Sciences, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Mohammed Ghaly: Professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics, CILE-CIS, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • Mutaz al-Khatib: Associate Professor of Methodology and Islamic Ethics, CILE-CIS, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • Ray Jureidini: Professor of Migration, Human Rights and Ethics, CILE-CIS, Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Application, Deadline & Contacts

Please submit the following documents by August 01, 2021.

  • (A) Short CV, and
  • (B) A brief statement (max. 500 words) explaining your educational background, motivation for taking the Summer School, and how you think this activity can help you in your future plans.

Interested applicants can send the two documents to

     >> Please note that only the applications received through this e-mail account will be considered.

If you have any questions about the Summer School, please contact:


Participation Assignments

Accepted applicants will be provided with a list of reading assignments. Each successful applicant is expected to prepare well for the Summer School, by going through these materials in advance and engaging in interactive discussions throughout the School program.


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