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Faculty members write about their thoughts on how to win the war against the novel coronavirus

Three faculty members collectively shared their thoughts on winning the war against the novel coronavirus—that’s now claimed the lives of more than 158,000 Americans. A big part of the solution is compulsory vaccination, wrote Stuart Youngner and Michael Lederman, both professors in the School of Medicine, and Maxwell J. Mehlman, the Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law, Distinguished University Professor and director of the Law-Medicine Center. 

“And while the measures that will be necessary to defeat the coronavirus will seem draconian, even anti-American to some, we believe that there is no alternative. Simply put, getting vaccinated is going to be our patriotic duty,” they wrote.

Their piece, titled “Defeat COVID-19 by requiring vaccination for all. It’s not un-American, it’s patriotic” appeared in USA Today.