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GANDHI: Vaccine Mandates Are The Only Way To End This Public Health Emergency

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Editor’s note: We endeavor to bring you the top voices on current events representing a range of perspectives. Below is a column arguing that vaccine mandates are necessary to end the pandemic. You can find a counterpoint here, where Job Creators Network Foundation President Elaine Parker argues that vaccine mandates will cause massive damage to small businesses.

When the highly transmissible delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 hit the United States in July, our levels of vaccination across the country were highly variable.

Places like California had just opened up (June 15, 2021) with a 55% full vaccination rate of eligible adults and others (like Missouri) had only one third of their eligible population at that time. These discrepancies in vaccination rates with the onset of delta across the country played out dramatically. Although cases rose throughout the country, the hospitalization to case ratio was much lower in states with high levels of vaccination, a function of the vaccines’ ongoing protection against severe disease.

In other countries with access to the vaccines, where vaccination rates quickly outstripped those in the United States, the delta variant did not lead to the flooding of hospitals like areas of low vaccination in the U.S. Indeed, although delta rose in many countries almost at the same time as the U.S. (and rose in the UK earlier), the high rates of vaccination in many regions have allowed full........

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