A hole or a door? How do you see what is in front of you?

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Chief White Eagle of the American Hopi nation is said on social media to have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic:

‘This moment (we) are living through can be considered a door or a hole. The decision to fall into the hole or go through the door is yours.’

My wife and I are grateful to have received our two Pfizer vaccines before South Africa erupted in a looting frenzy.

Of all the anti-vaxxer arguments, only two made some sense for me:

‘The vaccines have been developed too quickly’
‘We do not know their long-term effects.’

In answer, I would say that the worldwide collaboration to speed up the process while preserving normal safeguards is unprecedented. And that none of the long-term effects of any medical intervention are known beforehand. If we were to wait for that we would have no medical advances at all.

The process is always:

  Is there enough evidence to suggest that this will work?
  Is it worth the risk?
–  If the answers are ‘Yes’, we will implement and keep monitoring.

Some drugs and interventions are discontinued or repurposed, but most become the norm, like penicillin.

There is every reason to believe these vaccines will work. And if not, my wife and I are happy to to have played a minor role in a worldwide attempt to find the way forward.

This is a door. We’re going through it. Will you join us?


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Ian Webster

From Methodist minister to Customer Relations manager in a computer bureau to HR Manager in a newspaper printing and publishing company. Now focussing on training and developing people, people-management consulting and writing and editing.

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