It is 08.00 am on Friday 22 January 2021, one hundred and forty-three days from the start of the 2020 – 2021 school year.
Back to schools for a moment
Back to something cheery to report (but not yet about schools)
At last (2) – Believe it or not, the ‘men-in-charge’ appear, for the first time ever in their sadly pathetic fight against Covid 19, to have done something right. Not only have they managed to secure some Pfizer BioNtech vaccine, they have authorised the use of already well-established on-line medical appointments systems for eligible citizens to book themselves in for their vaccination. This week they announced that the 75s and over are invited to make their vaccination appointments.
And wow – it worked! It took dad less than ten minutes, sitting at his laptop, to get his first appointment in two weeks’ time and his second dose in a further four weeks after that. And, not only that, the vaccination centre was not 50 kms away at some giant football stadium, it was just 10 minutes down the road at a local surgery, how kind and thoughtful is that? Amazing, and totally out of character!
And next of course, here comes the downside (thankfully, not yet about the schools)
So, yes, Dad has his two appointments, but will the clinic have its planned supply? Place your bets and spin the wheel of greed.
It is now three days after Dad made his booking. He has come down from his high, his elation has evaporated, and today he is asking himself – what just happened? – how did it happen? What caused him to just blindingly, unthinkingly and instantly overturn the heavy decision he had taken a long time ago? – ‘I refuse to be used by big pharma as one of their first wave guinea pigs in their huge final clinical ‘let’s just suck it and see if it works’ trial of an experimental new age vaccine’
Now, if he goes ahead with his jab, he will lose control of his destiny, and pass responsibility for his health and safety to an invisible, avaricious big pharma, aided and abetted by the ‘men-in-charge’ desperate to restore their tattered reputations. OK, ok, first rule of our Covid 19 world, don’t panic! Think it through!
What just happened and why?
Ok, he’s only human and humans make mistakes – he is astonished how easily and quickly he simply abandoned his rejection of the first vaccine and jumped on the bandwagon! Swept up in the current tsunami of excitement pumped out by governments, the media and big pharma! He became an automaton, accepted their invite and ten minutes later, he was the proud owner of his two vaccination appointments. Job done!
‘The masters have just signed up another willing recruit to promote their offering! Thank you, thank you, thank you for offering me a new lifeline’
What should happen and why?
It has taken not even a year for the first Covid 19 vaccines to have been developed, tested and brought to market. The pace was all very suspicious, a million miles from our common understanding that developing vaccines is a really laborious, tightly regulated business. It usually takes a very long time, up to ten years. So, how on earth can the new Covid vaccines have really been tested to the same degree as all previous vaccines? Nobody can be sure. And, to boot, remember how many experts spoke out about these reservations and argued for a much more cautious approach. Remember how their arguments were swept aside by big pharma leading this parade and by the ‘men-in charge’ desperate to be the first to vaccinate and restore their tattered reputations.
‘It makes a lot of sense, if not perfect sense, to wait for the next train, or at least for the first train after the first year’s objective analysis of vaccine efficacy and safety profile’
Living like a hermit over the past year wasn’t so bad was it? Even with the vaccination, the hermit life will have to continue exactly as it does today until herd immunity is declared, if ever. OR, until a proven cyclical vaccine regime is put in place. There is no new emergency. The same old pandemic is just grinding on and on, unchecked for reasons we all know about. No desperate need to jump into a leaky life boat, is there? Why not wait a while, until a really rock solid, reputable, unsinkable boat comes along? Makes sense, eh? Or does it? C’mon dad, you’ve taken a lot of risks in your lifetime, don’t play chicken now. You know big pharma is not trying to kill you, take your chances, it’s a step in the right direction.
‘OK, so why am I not experiencing a lovely warm glow of anticipation, knowing that the vaccinators contend that I am only two weeks away from being saved from Covid 19? Why the lack of trust?
By John Saunders
World Health Communication Associates (WHCA) & INSPIRIT Creatives UG NGO,
MediaWise and MediaFocusUK
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