Vaccines need to have two qualities.
- They should work almost universally.
- They should not harm almost universally.
Extensive trials are done to ensure those two conditions. In them, the ideal doses may also be established for different ages, genders, etc.
But what to do when institutions and nations declare they won the race to produce a potent and safe vaccine and want to sell or even give it away?
Well, we should accept the vaccine if it went through all the trials as it should and the institution is high-quality and is located in a democracy without too much corruption and without interest to lie about it.
So, if it’s from China, there is no way to know if they say so as Communist propaganda, from lack of democratic checks and balances, and/or to harm other countries because they see this as an opportunity to inflict harm enemies or other powerful nations and to help friends.
So, if it’s from the US, there should be doubt if it is OK or that they pretend it is for commercial capitalist reasons and out of nationalistic chauvinism.
So, if it’s from Syria or Iran, it’s a fair assumption that it will be the surest suicide pill on the market.
So, if it’s from Israel, we should check if in haste, sloppy work was done or if a few crooks try to make a quick buck without delivering the goods.
So, if it’s from Sweden, we must be extra cautious since its medical scientists botched the CORONA-19 response, costing thousands of lives.
So, if it’s from Brazil, we wouldn’t even begin to check it out because, by not doing anything, they proved that it doesn’t care about human lives.
We should have no problem with antisemites boycotting an Israeli vaccine.
I exaggerated a bit to make problems stand out. But we should look very closely at where vaccines may come from before believing in them.
Another crucial issue is who gets vaccinated first, as I just blogged about.