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Opinion Anti-vaxxers tout ‘medical freedom’ — and raise the death toll

Victor Rohe, a longtime Republican activist and former New York City police officer, came down with covid-19 last year but decided not to seek hospital treatment. He is part of a slate of four conservative candidates now running for seats on the nine-member board that controls Sarasota Memorial Hospital, the city’s flagship public hospital. Ruben Navarrette: This might be the age of the mRNA vaccines that saved millions of lives, but it is also a period in which anti-vaccine campaigns cost lives. He says the response must be to broadcast the truth: Vaccines have proved safe, effective and lifesaving. That means freedom — from death and suffering.