Ed Yong: Opinion – It’s a Terrible Idea to Deny Medical Care to Unvaccinated People

Ed Yong


“Omicron is pushing hospitals to their limit, but the medical system still has an ethical responsibility to all patients—no matter the choices they make.”

In an op-ed for The Atlantic, Ed Yong, award-winning science writer for The Atlantic and a Phil Lind Initiative speaker for our 2022 series, talks about how the notion of denying medical care to unvaccinated adults is “unethical, impractical, and founded on a shallow understanding of why some people remain unvaccinated.”

Yong highlights the correlation between socioeconomic factors and being unvaccinated as well as posits that the pandemic has been driven more by “political inaction than personal responsibility.”

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