37 out of 17,000,000 (17 million) deaths
There is no argument in which option is better. 37 out of 17 million significantly saves more lives than 250,000 deaths. However, for many nations in Europe, this decision has incomprehensibly become a difficult choice, with many opting for the side which results in considerably more deaths.
After over 17 million people had already been vaccinated by the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, multiple reports of blood clots by individuals who had been administered the vaccine started emerging. Over a thousand instances of blood clots could be a bit concerning, over a hundred would be even less concerning, and only 37 (many unconfirmed and merely speculative) should cause no need for concern. In fact, this should be a positive!
Still, Germany, Italy and France announced they would be pausing their rollout of the vaccine pending an assessment from the European Medicines Agency. Other nations followed suits, such as the Netherlands, Norway, Iceland, Cyprus, Slovenia and Bulgaria and many more.
250,000 deaths. That is the combined death toll of Germany, Italy and Spain from the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, the daily death toll of these three nations exceeded 1,000. Yet, they are willing to pause the rollout of vaccines because 37 out of 17,000,000 may suffer from blood clots (I can’t use the word ‘may’ in a looser way if I tried as there is currently no evidence linking the vaccine to the clots).
I’ve been researching, reading, watching and listening to multiple sources, primarily including Anthony Harnden (UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation), Stefano Nava (Chief of Respiratory and Critical Care in Italy), the World Health Organisation and many Australian health experts. No one can provide any evidence to prove the vaccine’s risk to individuals, and no one genuinely believes that the paused rollout is the appropriate response. There are no answers!
The only person I’ve found who solemnly believes that stopping the rollout of the vaccine in Europe is the correct response is German Health Minister Jens Spahn. Who has a political science degree and previously worked as a clerk in a bank. Not a doctor with any qualified experience!
However, the problem doesn’t stop here. These unfathomable decisions will affect EVERY country. The decrease in public confidence surrounding the vaccine will remain now for months to come. There will be many people in Europe and around the world who feel now that the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is second best, which is absolutely untrue. People may now decide not to get the vaccine, only leading to more deaths. Public confidence in a vaccine is crucial to its success, especially when it’s voluntary. These perplexing decisions by governments in Europe, despite health professionals’ advice, will undoubtedly lead to more suffering by many people.
We’ve had long enough to understand the horrific nature of COVID-19. It’s time to start saving lives.