State-sponsored behavioural science

The ubiquitous deployment of behavioural-science techniques – ‘nudges’ – to increase compliance with both covid-19 restrictions and the vaccine rollout has raised major ethical concerns. Particularly alarming has been the state’s strategic use of fear (or ‘affect’ in the language of behavioural science), shaming (‘ego’) and peer pressure (‘norms’).

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Yet another open letter to the MHRA

But are the regulators listening?
Seventy-nine experienced health professionals and academics from the Children’s Covid Vaccines Advisory Council, have sent yet another letter to the MHRA exhorting them not to follow the FDA in authorising Covid-19 products for 0-4-year-olds. We know from past experience that where one regulator goes the others quickly follow.

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