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Revista Colombiana de Bioética

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GUNTURIZ, María Luz  and  CASTRO-OSORIO, Claudia Marcela. Biobanks and COVID-19: Ethical implications. Rev. colomb. bioét. [online]. 2020, vol.15, n.1, e07.  Epub Feb 28, 2024. ISSN 1900-6896.


According to the history of previous epidemics, and in the context of the current emergency caused by COVID-19, it is a priority to carry out research and create biobanks or biorepositories. These allow accessing samples and information to understand the disease, formulate interventions, and evaluate the safety and efficacy of examinations, diagnostic tests, treatments, vaccines, and management strategies. Although research during significant public health emergencies is essential, studies on human beings in these cases must have higher ethical guarantees than ordinary situations.


This review includes literature related to regulations and legislation, biobanks, sample collections, and their relevance to the context of the pandemic.


Accelerated sample collection and the establishment of biobanks have been typical during this pandemic, which induces the adoption of sample management guidelines with major ethical, legal, and social differences among countries.


This review comprises reflections on the establishment and use of biobanks during the pandemic that is currently afflicting the world.

Keywords : Biobanks; research; ethics; COVID19; pandemic.

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