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Viruses / Vaccines

For several centuries it has been understood that disease could be spread by contact, and quarantining has been used as a way of limiting this. What was not understood until more recently were the means by which contact or near proximity transmitted disease. In the 19th century the germ theory of microscopic pathogens was developed and tested leading to the practice of vaccination of small amounts of the pathogens to induce subsequent protection. A virus is another means of transmission involving a pathogen that replicates inside the living cells of whatever it infects. Among the most common human viral infections are respiratory ones. These include influenza and coronavirus disease. There have been major viral pandemics of these sorts in 1918/9, 1957/8, 1968, 2009, and 2019- (Covid-19). The science of virology has been advanced by efforts to contain such diseases through vaccination. Ethical concerns about this include a) whether it should be mandatory, which violates the widely held principle of consent, b) whether state compulsory vaccination violates the right of freedom, c) which groups should be prioritised within a country, and d) whether vaccines should be donated at the same time to poorer countries, thereby touching on questions of justice.

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    The Ethics and Public Policy Center has organized the following statement from leading pro-life Catholic scholars, including EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson, EPPC board member and Princeton professor Robert P. George, and EPPC Fellow and Notre Dame professor O. Carter Snead, along with two professor

  • The New Abnormal: The Rise of the Biomedical Security State

    The coronavirus pandemic conferred enormous power on certain government officials. They have no intention of giving it up.In the space of a few weeks in early 2020, Americans witnessed the imposition of previously unimagined social controls by the biomedical security state—the unelected technocrats who suddenly enjoyed nearly absolute power to incarcerate, isolate, and medicate the entire population. In this chilling new book, a dissident scientist reveals the people and organizations that form the biomedical security state its role in the origin of the pandemic and shaping the government response why it is a threat to science, public health, and individual freedom what can be done to confront and defeat this new Leviathan When covid-19 broke out, Dr. Aaron Kheriaty’s work put him on the front lines. Realizing that the mental, physical, and economic toll of lockdowns was catastrophic, he began to protest that the cure was worse than the disease—an intolerable heresy. When he refused vaccination because he had natural immunity from a previous infection, the University of California, Irvine, medical school fired him. He fought back, in the courts and in the media, and has become a reliable source of truth amid official obfuscation and censorship. Now it’s time for all of us to fight back. The deadly and arrogant misrule of the biomedical security state must not become the "new normal."

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    I commend to you Catholic philosopher Josh Hochschild’s recent EDIFY video addressing the question “Are Vaccine Mandates Ethical?”   His po...

  • Medicine and Ethics in Times of Corona

    The Corona pandemic kills people, endangers families, friends, communities, companies, institutions, societies, economies and global networks. It brings about triage, unemployment, social distancing, and home schooling. Countries respond differently, often set aside civil and basic human rights. Families and friends cannot get together, visiting the sick, nor attending funerals. This pestilence is clearly a cultural, economic and political disease. 40 leaders in medical and sociological research, in politics, religion, and consulting from 24 countries offer diverse, sometimes controversial answers, collected by Martin Woesler and Hans-Martin Sass .

  • The Limits of Modern Medicine in a Post-COVID World

    Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist and author of The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery, returns to The Realignment to discuss his struggle with Lyme disease, the push and pull between what the medical establishment does and doesn’t know, and what it all means for COVID era debates about misinformation/censorship, treatment options, and alternative care. Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: https://therealignment.substack.com/ Support The Realignment and purchase Ross Douthat’s new book: The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery at The Realignment’s Bookshop Storefront: https://bookshop.org/lists/the-realignment-bookshop

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    Are Vaccine Mandates Ethical?

    Are COVID vaccine mandates ethical? Is there a moral obligation to get vaccinated? Can anyone rightfully claim an exemption? Vaccine mandates are the subject of intense debate and disagreement. Prof. Josh Hochschild discusses both the truth and the misinformation related to the Catholic perspective on vaccines, mandates and exemptions.

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    What weight should be given to the arguments of “anti-vaxxers” who oppose mandatory vaccination? If the sole purpose of the vaccination were to protect the vaccinated person, that person would have the right to decide for themselves about vaccination and it should not be mandatory. But the consequences of COVID-19 can go far beyond the direct health effect of the virus on the person infected.