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Anti-vaxxers are anti-ethical and endangering public health

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He who saves a single life is like one who has saved the whole world. (The Talmud, Sanhedrin 37A)

Is there any hope to end this worldwide pandemic associated with the covid-19 strain of the corona virus?

The answer to this question is well-known, at least among the scientific and medical communities, as well as most educated people in this world: vaccinations!

Vaccinations are among the great medical advances of the last century. They have cured many diseases, including polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculosis and others. They are among the great successes of science in contemporary history.

Not only that, there are enough vaccines available in the world to vaccinate everyone, if only world-wide distribution would be done properly. In other words, we have within our reach the possibility to end this pandemic!

So, why isn’t it happening? Why are so many people resisting the opportunity to not only protect themselves, but to protect the health of the public, and thus to end this pandemic?

The answers to these questions are not clear, at least not to me. Frankly, I don’t get it. I especially don’t get all this bunk about “freedom of speech” and “personal autonomy” when it comes to preserving life.

Would these same people, who make these arguments about not getting vaccinated for the corona pandemic, say the same thing if I ask them to fasten the seatbelts of their children when they are on the highway? Would they tell me that their children need freedom of movement? Or, would they tell me that their personal autonomy should allow them to have a few drinks before they get in their car with their family for a long drive?

I especially don’t understand Jews who are anti-vaxxers. At least not those Jews who live in the modern world, in which, Thank God, we have made amazing medical advances, that save lives, including the recent research that has brought us the........

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