As more countries provide vaccine boosters for their citizens, what is Australia’s ethic following suit? Will we have a choice? Leslie Cannold looks both ways.
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In Both Sides Now, author and ethicist Leslie Cannold presents two sides of an argument and then it’s up to you: what do you think is true and what do you think Cannold really believes?
Today: Israel is doing it, and the UK has also started giving a third “booster” dose of COVID. As the Sydney and Melbourne closures drag on, and other cities teeter on the brink, Australians want to know what can be done to end the outbreaks for good..
Yes: It’s simple. An additional booster shot is the only way out of ongoing blockages. If we don’t want to keep moving through intermittent outbreaks and oppressive restrictions, then science suggests we need more protection, and faster. Do not: No one is protected until everyone is protected, and if rich nations use vaccine supplies that could be donated elsewhere, troubled countries won’t be the only ones affected: it means a breeding ground for new variants.
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