A senior bioethicist and director of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health — who said he's willing to risk his medical license — will argue against vaccine mandates during a Dec. 1 livestreamed roundtable.
A senior bioethicist who heads a research team at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is taking the lead at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the debate over the ethics of COVID vaccine mandates.
"There's a lot of debate within the NIH about whether [a vaccine mandate] is appropriate," David Wendler, a senior NIH bioethicist in charge of planning the session, told the WSJ. "It's an important, hot topic."
Memoli opposes mandates for the COVID vaccines authorized for emergency use in the U.S., and has chosen not to be vaccinated.
Memoli sought a religious exemption from the mandatory vaccine requirements imposed by health authorities in the District of Columbia, where he is licensed to practice medicine.
Memoli said he is willing to risk his job and his license for the right not to receive a COVID vaccine. During the scheduled roundtable early next month, he will make the case against mandates.
"I think the way we are using the vaccines is wrong," Memoli said in a July 30 email to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID, and two of his lieutenants. Memoli called mandated vaccination "extraordinarily problematic."