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Vaccine deniers demand vaccine mandates
Is the goal to gain compliance with government mandates or is the goal to mitigate the risk of a disease that is now endemic?
It is very strange that the people who push hardest for vaccine mandates are themselves vaccine deniers. This is why Andrew Giuliani was forbidden from participating in a debate with other candidates for the Republican nomination for governor of New York:
As of Sunday, according to a New York Times database, 91 percent of New Yorkers of all ages have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and 78 percent of residents are fully vaccinated.
Source: The New York Times.
The vaccines against COVID-19 were supposed to be the endgame to the pandemic. This would be our ticket to getting past gathering restrictions and mask mandates. As it turns out, the mRNA vaccines did not produce herd immunity the way previous vaccines did, but they still provide significant protections against severe disease, hospitalization and death. That is what we have always wanted: To protect the most vulnerable from the disease. The debate commission is denying the efficacy of the vaccines.
If the New York Times is to be believed, Giuliani poses virtually no risk to the audience or the other candidates, especially since he has volunteered to repeatedly be tested for COVID-19 before the debate. If he does indeed have natural immunity, has he claims, there is a much weaker case for excluding him than someone who has no immunity at all. It was always silly to totally discount natural immunity.
So what exactly is the goal here? Is the goal to gain compliance with government mandates or is the goal to mitigate the risk of a disease that is now endemic? Is this about public health or politics? For far too many COVID-19 alarmists, the goal ceased to be about public health a long time ago, and is now an excuse to expand their own power and the power of the bureaucracy. That must be resisted at every turn.