The paper, which was published in the AMA's Virtual Mentor journal, outlines a new framework by which all Americans would be automatically enrolled in a system that makes them eligible for vaccine trials should the need arise, similar to how the current jury duty selection system works. If chosen upon to participate in a vaccine trial, in other words, an individual would be forcibly required to participate, unless he or she had previously "opted out" of the system through a formal registration process.
The authors argue that, because such a system of compulsory participation is already being used in many other countries for things like organ donation and jury duty, it should thus be implemented here in America to address the shortage of willing vaccine trial volunteers. The only problem; however -- and it is a huge problem -- is that complying with mandatory jury duty will not potentially cause you or your children to develop a neurological condition, and organ donation occurs after one has already died.
"If progression of promising vaccines from the lab to the clinic is to remain unaffected and financial inducement is an ethically unacceptable solution to the recruitment shortage, other strategies need to be considered," wrote the authors in their chilling piece. "In both conscription and obligatory trial participation, individuals have little or no choice regarding involvement and face inherent risks over which they have no control, all for the greater good of society."
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