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(LifeSiteNews) – As debate continues to rage over COVID-19 vaccines and the broader state of pandemic healthcare, sympathizers with the medical establishment have grown bolder in their advocacy of denying basic treatment to those who do not follow their preferred choices.

David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and American Enterprise Institute fellow and current MSNBC contributor and senior editor of The Atlantic, raised eyebrows over the weekend by suggesting that hospitals be allowed to “quietly triage emergency care” so that the “malignant minority” that declines the COVID shots for moral reservations and/or safety concerns is served “last”:

Frum, who is far from the first prominent media figure to advocate such “triage,” elicited hundreds of disgusted replies from people horrified at the prospect of using the medical system to effectively punish people for disfavored choices, with potentially life-altering or life-ending consequences:

In response to his critics, Frum doubled down, claiming the choice to forgo COVID vaccination is directly responsible for other people’s delayed hospital care.

The premise that self-vaccination reliably protects others rests on false assumptions about asymptomatic spread being a significant driver of COVID and disregard of natural immunity following COVID recovery, and flies in the face of data indicating widespread dissemination of the vaccines has failed to end the pandemic

The federal government considers more than 202 million Americans (almost 61% of the eligible) to be “fully vaccinated” (a moving target given the vaccines’ temporary nature), yet data from Johns Hopkins University reported in October shows that more Americans died of COVID-19 by that point in 2021 (353,000) than in all of 2020 (352,000).

Those who blame the unvaccinated for COVID’s persistence also ignore vaccinated individuals’ own role in continuing to spread the virus, between the shots’ limited efficacy and many Americans being given false expectations as to just how protective they really are, which in turn influences their behavior.

“Vaccinated people usually behave in a more risk-taking way, they have more contacts, go to concerts and parties more often,” says Dr. Günter Kampf, associate professor for hygiene and environmental medicine at the University Medicine Greifswald, Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine in Germany. “They are no longer tested in Germany and are not quarantined. It is a carte blanche for an almost normal social life. If they become infected, they often have no or only mild symptoms and thus do not recognize their infection or recognize it too late. As a result, the expected wave among the vaccinated would hardly be visible.”

Frum and his allies also tend to disregard or oppose the potential of established therapeutics such as ivermectin to get COVID patients out of hospitals or prevent them from needing a hospital in the first place. In August, Frum suggested that interest in ivermectin as a COVID treatment was rooted in nothing more than psychological desperation:

Once a prominent figure in establishment Republican circles, Frum became a persistent critic of the GOP several years before the rise of former President Donald Trump and the corresponding rise of so-called “NeverTrump conservatives,” though Frum eventually became a staple of that group as well.

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