Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Who should get the COVID-19 vaccination first?

Until now, it was largely an unequal fight between countries who should get most of the stuff needed to prevent, fight, and overcome COVID-19.

The law of the jungle, survival of the richest and the best-connected. This selfish rat race was masked by the pandemic hitting different countries at different times and with different severity — whether that was because of a national lack of alertness, care, strategy, priority, or inherent factors like different viral strains or different ages or genetics of the population.

Some countries fought like lions to get what they wanted, unconcerned about others, while others stayed passive because they weren’t bothered about people dying or lacked means or connections, and every shade in-between.

But now a new fight is coming up. This time we are not in the meal stream of history. This time we can set the rules ahead-of-time. Who is going to get the first vaccines, as soon as they are available?

Are we going to see the worst of Capitalism again? First:

● The rich and famous?
● The leaders ignoring their flocks?
● The rich countries?
● The Caucasians?
● The intellectuals?

Or is it going to go in a moral way? First:

● Countries and demographic groups with the least access to healthcare!
● Essential workers in healthcare, food industry, and other sectors! Leading politicians and heads of state are not included. Like the captain of a ship getting into the lifeboat last, they can hide until it’s their (last) turn.
● People in extremely small groups in danger like above 80! But not large risk factor groups (blood-type A, high-blood pressure, men). If they have access to good healthcare, they should just stay home until it’s their turn.
● People in the above groups who overcame the infection to be excluded.

If there will not be an international treaty approved by the UN soon, the have-nots will be last. In Capitalism, some people are seen as more valuable than others. But in reality, every human being is of infinite value.

Residents of democracies should demonstrate that the UN adopts a binding resolution that the second list determines. Leaders of countries who don’t fully comply should face the charge of crimes against humanity.

The same approach should work for the half-yearly winter flu vaccine.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. 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 most influential teachers (chronologically) 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. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), 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), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating 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. * 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. November 13, 2018, he published his 500th blog post with the ToI. 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 a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry, and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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