SORRY, Dr Srivastava, but there is nothing special about your bile. The highly respected oncologist tells us nothing about that unvaccinated man or that cancer-stricken lady. For all we know, he had perfectly good reasons to abstain from the (now failing) covid vaccine and she smoked two packs of Rothmans a day for 50 years. If it comes down to an ICU bay and one of two patients more likely to live, judging the wisdom of their behaviours must remain practically irrelevant.
Far from constituting their finest hour, the pandemic has exposed the medical establishmentarians in this country as ethically illiterate utilitarians and many as callous buffoons. More than one AMA spokesman has advocated the abandonment of the unvaccinated altogether. At least Dr Srivastava argues her case without imagining she has the authority to call for punitive manslaughter. Despite a state of supposed emergency and canting declarations of solicitude for the vulnerable, Australian governments took advantage of the pandemic – and an Overton window whose vista their officials rendered Dickensian – to legalise killing them. History will show that assisted homicide of the old and a more extreme war on the unborn were priorities of our time. If resources and personnel are needed for ICUs, I know just where to find them.