By C. ben-David
“… It would sadden me greatly; it would pain me enormously if our people don’t take the [COVID-19] vaccine because there is no scientific reason not to take the vaccine and the history and experience of vaccines contribute to our well-being”. — Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves, WE FM radio, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021).
The various vaccination opinions Dr. Gonsalves expressed in his Sunday radio interview need to be carefully deconstructed to understand their actual veracity.
Before doing so, let me reveal my own position on viruses and vaccines which is that I am neither an “anti-vaxxer” nor a vaccine skeptic even though I recognise that viruses, both good and bad, have been with us since the origin of life on earth itself. Fearing the proven differential threats of lethal viruses on elderly people like myself, I have eagerly sought an annual anti-flu vaccination for many years knowing that its effects have been carefully analysed for years.
I also know that vaccines for deadly or debilitating diseases like the ones mentioned by the Prime Minister — measles, mumps, rubella, polio and yellow fever vaccines — and others took years to develop after exhibiting scientifically proven efficacy and safety.
For example, the eradication of smallpox through a vaccine took several centuries even though its mortality rate was up to 30%, a rate 10,000 times that of COVID-19 (see below).
In 1796, British physician and scientist Edward Jenner invented the first successful smallpox vaccine, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that vaccine treatments began to effectively eradicate the disease across the globe. To date, smallpox remains the only disease to have been completely eliminated around the world through vaccination efforts.
Up to last year, global vaccine development went through a rigorous number of steps including exploratory phases, pre-clinical trials, new drug application, four phases of vaccine trials, and thorough vetting and approval from what were thought to be totally independent government agencies such as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration in the United States.
The global hysteria over COVID-19 changed all that and directly challenge Dr. Gonsalves’ view that, “… the history and experience of vaccines contribute to our well-being.”
All COVID-19 vaccines, including the AstraZeneca Covishield COVID-19 vaccine we are being cajoled to accept, have been frantically rushed from beginning to end — eight short months in most cases and before even the phase three trials were completed — based on political pressure and the greed of the huge and influential pharmaceutical industry.
What this means is that all COVID-19 vaccines are still “experimental drugs” given premature emergency exemptions by various regulatory agencies now controlled by the political elites and pharmaceutical giants of the world.
More particularly, none of these vaccines have been properly studied and tested to ascertain their long-term efficacy and possible adverse side effects.
The Prime Minster may know all this which is why his opening statement — there is no scientific reason not to take the vaccine – also needs careful deconstruction.
Note his use of a double negative. Rather than unequivocally stating that there is good reason to take the virus, he carefully equivocates by putting the onus on the so-called anti-vaxxers to prove him wrong when he may know that there is still not enough evidence available to make conclusive decisions about brand-new vaccines. This is a classic debating trick — and Dr. Gonsalves is surely a classical debater — akin to asking an opponent to prove that God does not exist rather than proving that He does exist.
Instead, we are being urged to just shut up and behave like good little guinea pigs in a global experiment trying to control a natural virus that has killed a negligible portion of the world’s 7.8 billion people, namely 2.5 million people representing a mere 0.03% of the human race.
Though all human death is regrettable, it is also an inevitable part of the human condition. Unlike most other lethal viruses, COVID-19 is involved in the death of mainly elderly people with life-threatening pre-conditions. More particularly, most elderly people die with COVID-19 rather than from COVID-19, meaning that the virus gently nudged dying people over the edge.
Conversely, relatively young healthy people under the age of 50 are far less likely to die from or with the virus than those over 50: since 2020, 84% of all COVID-19 deaths in America were people over the age of 50 even though this cohort constitutes only 34% of the population.
These observations also challenge Dr. Gonsalves’ assertion that the Indian vaccine prevents people from requiring hospitalisation because of COVID-19 and because “… it cuts almost 100% the chance that you would die from it…” simply because hardly any people who are infected require hospitalisation – most don’t even know that they ever even contracted the virus — and even fewer have died after being infected.
The intelligent people of India are privy to these facts which is why most of them don’t even want to take a vaccine produced in their own country which is the only reason we are getting their surplus product here.
When you try to fool Mother Nature based on unscientific global hysteria, you only end up fooling yourself.
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