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Newsday newsday.com 11 Jan, 2022 20:45 am

Mocking anti-vaxxers' deaths is ghoulish, yes — but necessary

Mocking anti-vaxxers' deaths is ghoulish, yes — but necessary
Among all the ways that COVID-19 affects our lives, the pandemic confronts us with a profound moral dilemma: How should we react to the deaths of the unvaccinated? On the one hand, a hallmark of civil

What's especially iniquitous about the anti-mandate and anti-vaccination arguments is the damage they are doing to America's public health system.Republicans like Ernby used COVID vaccines to turn public health into part of their partisan culture war.Consider the objection raised against Ernby's critics by her friend Ben Chapman: He didn't merely decry the criticism, but attributed it to "the woke big-government mob," thereby exploiting her death to continue her partisan culture war against a sensible public health policy.So what, then, is the proper response to the deaths of anti-vaxxers or other determined foes of public health?

They demonstrate in the most vivid way imaginable the folly of vaccine refusal and of flouting responsible public health measures.They underscore the dire consequences of turning public health into a partisan football.

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