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Why are Democrats fighting so hard to vaccinate the reluctant?

Herd immunity* is one aspect. Limiting mutations is another. The Covid virus has shown so far a disturbing, and not totally expected, capacity to quickly evolve itself into more infectious variants (...
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What happened to the vaccine panels that were planned by Democratic leaders back in 2020?

Both panels endorsed the COVID-19 vaccines after conducting a review. Your quote from Inslee describes what became the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. This news article reports ...
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Why is there so much reluctance to make the COVID vaccine mandatory for adults?

Forced medical treatment is a very sensitive topic and is widely considered a grave violation of medical ethics, and is only applied in extreme cases of mental illness, etc. See https://en.wikipedia....
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Why are Democrats fighting so hard to vaccinate the reluctant?

Let's separate out two distinct issues... First, the Biden administration is following epidemiological best practices. As more people get vaccinated, the disease spreads more slowly, the incidences of ...
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Why is there so much reluctance to make the COVID vaccine mandatory for adults?

For one thing, as long as the approval is "experimental" or "provisional" or similar, there are many who will object on that basis, citing problems with other drugs (not ...
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Why doesn't India mass-produce COVID-19 vaccines?

Whether true or just politically convenient they have blamed the slow ramping of Covid vaccine production on the US banning exports of some necessary equipment and materials: The two main vaccine ...
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Why is there so much reluctance to make the COVID vaccine mandatory for adults?

To add a mostly epidemiological argument: The primary political goal of mass vaccination is to reach herd immunity, i.e., to make so many people immune (be it due to vaccination or having survived the ...
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Why are Democrats fighting so hard to vaccinate the reluctant?

Even though I have sometimes thought that allowing the unwilling to be vaccinated to sicken and die is just an instance of evolution in action, I still realize that there are practical* reasons to ...
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What happened to the vaccine panels that were planned by Democratic leaders back in 2020?

The panels approved the vaccines. Gov. Jay Inslee today [12/20/20] announced the authorization of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. [Link] Pfizer:...
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Why are Democrats fighting so hard to vaccinate the reluctant?

The epidemiological aspect mentioned in other answers are certainly correct, but on a more fundamental level this is a matter of ethical attitude. As an analogy, consider the case of encountering a ...
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Why are Democrats fighting so hard to vaccinate the reluctant?

This is not just about personal choice. There are two things that make you less likely to infect someone else: You are vaccinated. Being vaccinated not only protects you, it protects everyone you ...
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Are there countries where being non-vaccinated disqualifies you from "standard" health insurance coverage (for that particular disease)?

I don’t know of any countries other than Singapore that have taken this step yet, but in the Indian state of Kerala, the Chief Minister announced a similar policy at the end of November: After a ...
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Are there countries where being non-vaccinated disqualifies you from "standard" health insurance coverage (for that particular disease)?

In Germany (14 out of 16 states), voluntarily unvaccinated people who are quarantined as a contact person are not paid money in lieu of wages if they cannot go to work, while vaccinacted or ...
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Is opposition to COVID-19 vaccines correlated with other political beliefs? Why?

First, are Reps more opposed? Apparently so - this study doesn't cite the numbers per party clearly, but you can see the state by state breakdown strongly correlates. To understand why, you first ...
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Why is there so much reluctance to make the COVID vaccine mandatory for adults?

In the UK, there is at this moment no good reason to make vaccinations compulsory. Every single dose that the British national health service (NHS) can lay their hands on is immediately (within days) ...
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Why are Democrats fighting so hard to vaccinate the reluctant?

Because vaccinations are not just about protecting those who get vaccinated but also about achieving herd immunity. As the Mayo Clinic explains it: Herd immunity occurs when a large portion of a ...
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Why doesn't India mass-produce COVID-19 vaccines?

Various talking heads have proposed that there would be plenty of vaccine if the greedy pharma industry would just release their intellectual property and let everybody make as many vaccines as they ...
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Why are Democrats fighting so hard to vaccinate the reluctant?

If coronavirus vaccines were 100% effective, and available to everyone who wanted them, you would have a point - we do not need to use the force of the law to protect people from themselves. And yes, ...
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Why is there so much reluctance to make the COVID vaccine mandatory for adults?

This answer applied to the situation in early June 2021. In most countries, it just wouldn't make any sense yet to make the vaccine mandatory for the general public. This is because there are usually ...
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Why is there so much reluctance to make the COVID vaccine mandatory for adults?

Constitutional concerns. In many countries, it's more or less questionable if the constitution allows to make a law which forces all citizens to undergo medical procedures. In many cases, the ...
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Are there countries where being non-vaccinated disqualifies you from "standard" health insurance coverage (for that particular disease)?

In France non-vaccinated adults have to pay for their Covid tests (except if they have a medical reason). Many activities legally require either a proof of vaccination or a recent negative test, so ...
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Can the federal government mandate vaccinations?

To address part of the question, here is a note from the Congressional Research Service, dated 2021-04-02: "State and Federal Authority to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination" From the conclusion: ...
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Is opposition to COVID-19 vaccines correlated with other political beliefs? Why?

There are some fairly pedestrian and predictable reasons for this correlation As a preliminary observation, there are different types of opposition to "the Covid vaccines", involving ...
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Why doesn't India mass-produce COVID-19 vaccines?

Who says it can't? But, first, let's address I've heard that currently some Indian politicians are accusing patent protection laws to be the issue. They would say just that, would they not? ...
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EU Vaccine export controls - what actually happened?

According to news media: The EU subsidized the creation of vaccine factories even before the vaccine was approved for use, in exchange for a promise to start production and stockpile production ...
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Are there countries where being non-vaccinated disqualifies you from "standard" health insurance coverage (for that particular disease)?

In US law, there is a provision that insurers are not required to pay claims on easily prevented accidents or injuries where simple prudent measures were not taken to avoid the claim. For example, it ...
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Libertarians and vaccines

I can't speak for all libertarians as we come in all shapes and sizes but I can talk from a philosophical standpoint. The key to a libertarian utopia is lack of force, you are never forced to do ...
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Why is there so much reluctance to make the COVID vaccine mandatory for adults?

In Denmark the biggest issue was the doctors. Their Union said that their members would refuse to forcefully inject needles into people that did not want it. Edit: This was upvoted so I will just add ...
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Is opposition to COVID-19 vaccines correlated with other political beliefs? Why?

Yes, there is a political divide in the US on Covid. As of September 2021, 86% of Democrats, and only 60% of Republicans, were vaccinated. Republicans are very big on individual liberty and limiting ...
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Why is there so much reluctance to make the COVID vaccine mandatory for adults?

In Germany the decision appears to be political as well. There are quite drastic measures in the "legal toolbox" for pandemic response, and most of them had not been used for many decades. ...
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