It is 08.00 am on Friday 18th June 2021, 283 days from the start of the 2020 – 2021 school year.
Note: Mum and Dad had to go offline last week to deal with some urgent family stuff. So, this week’s blog catches up by covering the last 2 weeks.
In the last two weeks, this subject has bubbled up rapidly to become a hotly disputed international controversy. Should we be shouting for our kids to be vaccinated or not?
1a. Preparing the ground – Pfizer, European Medicines Agency and the EU
1b. A sample of country level responses
1c. The argument for and against the expansion of vaccination
The rich countries are now buying up and hoarding millions of doses for their own citizens. Clearly, the frighteningly regular appearance of new waves of the virus, and the latest explosion of the even nastier Delta variant, have galvanised many governments into concerted action to chase down anybody and everybody, and the young, to try to achieve at least local herd immunity within their own countries as quickly as possible.
1d. But hey, how short-sighted can you get?
As long as borders stay open, as long as people can fly about as if everything is normal, local herd immunity will never be enough of a defence against further virus invasion. And as long as the underdeveloped countries continue to be starved of vaccines by the capitalist attitudes of the rich countries, there are an obvious potent nursery reservoir for the development of the next generation of variants, the Delta 2, Delta 3 and Delta ad infinitum, triggering wave after wave in whatever countries they are smuggled into.
Not only that, recent news tells us:
On the basis that:
For all of the above reasons, we reluctantly endorse the easily achievable expedient of including the young in national vaccination programmes, to get it all done ASAP, and then proceed for the rich countries to at last demonstrate their largesse by distributing vaccines to all those countries still exposed to the ravages of SARS-CoV2, again ASAP.
We have temporarily removed our progress tables, they need tidied up, they were getting too messy even for us to follow our trail of success and failure!
By John Saunders
World Health Communication Associates (WHCA) & INSPIRIT Creatives UG NGO,
MediaWise and MediaFocusUK
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