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posted by mrpg on Friday May 28, @11:26AM   Printer-friendly
from the what-could-go-wrong dept.

Ohio lawmakers want to abolish vaccine requirements:

[...] Lawmakers are working on legislation to call off the lottery immediately. They're also trying to head off any plans for "vaccine passports." And last month, they introduced a sweeping antivaccination bill that would essentially demolish public health and vaccination requirements in the state—and not just requirements for COVID-19 vaccines, requirements for any vaccine.

[...] State Rep. Beth Liston (D-Dublin) blasted the bill, telling The Columbus Dispatch, "Not only would it prevent schools, businesses and communities from putting safety measures in pace related to COVID, it will impact the health of our children... This bill applies to all vaccines—polio, measles, meningitis, etc. If it becomes law we will see worsening measles outbreaks, meningitis in the dorms, and children once again suffering from polio."

[...] "At its core, this proposal would destroy our current public health framework that prevents outbreaks of potentially lethal diseases, threatens the stability of our economy as it recovers from a devastating pandemic and jeopardizes the way we live, learn, work and celebrate life," the letter said.

[...] "HB 248 would put all Ohioans at risk while increasing the cost of health care for families, individuals and businesses," spokesperson Dan Williamson said. "This proposal applies to all immunizations, including childhood vaccines. If passed, this legislation could reverse decades of immunity from life-threatening, but vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, hepatitis, meningitis and tuberculosis."

Also: Ohio GOP lawmakers, citing 'need to protect' from vaccines, seek to expand exemptions, nix COVID passports

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  • (Score: 2) by slinches on Friday May 28, @10:10PM (2 children)

    by slinches (5049) on Friday May 28, @10:10PM (#1139858)

    We were prioritizing getting the US population access to the vaccines developed here and produced them quicker and in greater quantities than most other countries. Now that the demand here is mostly satisfied, you should expect to see more US developed vaccines becoming more widely available elsewhere.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @10:42PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @10:42PM (#1139869)

    Yes and no. We used IP laws to prevent other countries from producing their own shots. One of the companies was even planning to open source their vaccine but Bill Gates convinced them not to do it. Great humanitarian that guy...

    So now that we've vaccinated the American population that wants it, we have shots to sell to other countries. Those countries could have been making their own shots this entire time, but we wouldn't get paid if they did that so it wasn't allowed. We could have licensed the IP, but that also didn't happen because if they made their own manufacturing centers then in the future they might make their own other medications as well. CEOs can't risk any control slipping their company's clutches. The upper levels of USA is all mid-term profit based, morality has no baring on any decisions. They've got theirs and you didn't get yours because you're too stupid to take it like they did.

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday May 30, @06:02AM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday May 30, @06:02AM (#1140197) Journal

      We used IP laws to prevent other countries from producing their own shots.

      If they can produce their own shots, then they can develop their own IP.