Israel was everyone’s model of how to tackle COVID. How did Israel become a cautionary tale?
Israel’s early determination to fully vaccinate its population—when two shots were defined as fully vaccinated—led to it being heralded as a huge success story. But suddenly, the coronavirus cases are back, and with a vengeance.
Why when faced with societal problems, does the State respond with zero-sum solutions? That is, in an attempt to remedy the problem, it is always at the expense of our privacy and freedoms. This has been the case with the war on drugs, terrorism and now on disease. And we will live with the unintended consequences.
The decisions made at the beginning of this pandemic will have consequences that reverberate far into the future. Perhaps we have been afraid of the wrong things. This think piece on the response to COVID-19, published last year by Canadian writer and broadcaster David Cayley, is even more impressive in hindsight.
The possibility that new variants might be created by vaccines is a danger heightened by lockdowns. Research emerges to suggest sedentary lives thanks to shutdowns and COVID-19 vaccines ineffectual against ever-more-virulent mutant viruses of their own making could see those previously infected with COVID-19 and the vaccinated succumb to infection from variants.
Without high vaccination levels, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention won’t reach the levels it believes are needed to reach herd immunity. That might be a blessing in disguise.
Regulating vaccines under the same liability regime as all other pharmaceuticals, and acknowledging problems as well as benefits associated with them, will likely lead to safer vaccines and a better informed public.
Why are America’s Tier 1A workers the most likely to refuse vaccination? Gallup, and numerous other surveys and reports, produce unexpected results.
It would be foolhardy to base public policy decisions on the unrealistic prospect of a quick-fix vaccine.
The politicization of research funding is pervasive and paramount in decision-making.