Coronavirus 11

The Omicron variant, mandatory vaccination, pandemic solidarity, and memories of authoritarianism

The Omicron variant has in a few short weeks almost taken over the pandemic. This highly transmissible version of covid is raising afresh complicated ethical questions about vaccine distribution and international solidarity between nations. How can we ascertain what is the common good during global crises affecting different countries in different ways? Does Christianity lend any intellectual backing to those who demand the state refrain from telling them how to live during a pandemic? And how might the differing legacies of authoritarian regimes in Europe and the dissenting pilgrims who founded America be playing a part in contemporary vaccine politics?

Note: This episode was recorded earlier in December so sadly the wildly explosive growth of Omicron since has meant some of the data and news we mention in passing is now quite out of date!

Also, at the end we have a special announcement about the future of Matters of Life and Death. Thanks for listening, and see you all in 2022.

Listen to other episodes of Matters of Life and Death or find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Google Podcasts, Podcast Addict, Castbox or whatever app you use to subscribe and receive new episodes sent straight to your device.

Leave a Reply

Most read posts
Doubts over the brain scans, the end of ‘doctor knows best’, sucked into the culture wars and protective power of attorney
Recent posts
Should Christians use homeopathic medicine and why are climate scientists self-censoring in academic journal articles?
There is always a danger of old fogeys starting to pontificate about 'the young', but I have been fascinated reading into the research and study done on Gen Z
How are young people different to those who came before, and what can we learn from them?
The Brethren’s suspicion of the ‘world’, an explosion of joy, Eric Liddell’s sprinting epiphany, and celebrating beauty
The science of the billions-of-years-old Earth, has God deceived us, and are philosophers so useless after all?