Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Test COVID-19 vaccines now outside the West

We all have a brain. Why not use it?

The large COVID-19 vaccine tests set up in the UK are failing because the epidemic is slowing down. That is because you can’t test the effectiveness of a vaccine when the infection has stopped. Much like you can’t test a raincoat on a dry day. One needs a raging epidemic to test a vaccine. The epidemic may gain strengths again in a second wave from lack of caution or (say many, but I don’t know why because it’s not the flue:) in winter. That means that it may take half a year or longer before we’ll know if we have a working and safe vaccine, before we’ll know what doses different ages need, and before it could protect the world’s population.

Any six-year-old understands that you thus need to test the vaccine in countries where the epidemic just started or refuses to be tamed.

Not in many European countries where the epidemic is over (for now).

Not in Sweden or Belarus, which have unabated numbers of daily death, because suddenly, politicians may go for lock-down and stop the slaughter.

Not in countries like Iran, Turkey, and Russia, where truth is taken as an attack on the regime and the official count is reduced or totally made-up.

Not in countries like Bahrain and Kazakhstan, where the relation between the numbers of infected and deceased don’t reflect COVID-19.

Not in countries where there is a civil, guerilla, or international war because then it will be hard to conduct a health experiment.

Not in countries where the epidemic never really had a chance because of good prevention, like Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Austria, Iceland.

And not in countries that still are problematic though the worst may have passed (for now; but many escape isolation too early), like the VS.

It must be tested, this week to begin still, in countries like: India, Chile, Indonesia, South Africa, Egypt, Argentina, etc. Plenty of choices!

There’s no time to lose. In 4-6 weeks, we’d know: Is there a vaccine?

And now we’re at it, why must the placebo group be as large as the other? Why can’t 67% or 75% get the real vaccine in a large double-blind trial? It isn’t that hard to multiply the results of the control groups by 2 or 3. Why?

When more people get the real stuff, we have a greater chance to find rare side-effects. Also, a large study is only done with stuff that seems safe. So, splitting the group in half, you withhold half of the participants from what you hope will be something beneficial. Instead of a third or a quarter.

My source of information is here. NB: The numbers may have been kept low by insufficient testing of the sick, political scheming, excluding home deaths. The mortality may be kept high by: not testing people feeling fine.

Disclaimer: I do not claim that all my characterizations of each country are undisputable or that any list of certain countries is comprehensive.

In an update, I removed Mexico from the list of countries that would be fit for holding such trials at a news report that it seriously underreports.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1400 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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