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Goho: Vaccine reluctance

Existential Introspection

THE vaccines came about just at that last bit of 2020. It seems reasonable to be skeptical of such hastily produced vaccines which normally would take years to develop and produce.

Major pharmaceutical companies have been transparent to a certain extent as to the different unique types and underlying pharmacological details and chemical structures. There may be some reason to be both wary and optimistic for such developments.

While this pandemic has been unprecedented, what is clear is how there would be eager opportunists ready to capitalize on such a crisis. A select group of people stand to benefit much from this pandemic and we can only hope that they opt to do the right thing when it comes to critical decisions which primarily happen behind closed doors. We can but hope for morality to overrule a profiteering agenda detrimental to the common good. It is truly hard to discern what is truly taking place in actuality.

A fluctuating reinforcement of public protocols and more swab test mandates have added more burden to our pockets. It has been an absolutely distressful reality which has crippled a big chunk of our lives. And it does not appear the virus is slowing down anytime soon given the many spikes that come and go.

While I do not mean to cast doubt on the vaccines to get the ball rolling and get the economy revitalized, there may be some validity in expressing doubt given the prevalent news reports regarding side effects and negative implications from early trials. It is understandable to be fearful of something completely unparalleled.

However, given the surge in cases of the so-called new strain which seem to spread more quickly, the government is eager to speed up the vaccine rollouts of the different major companies. Many different vaccine types have each with its own sets of pros and cons. It may be essential to make a sound and rational choice as to what solutions and options are best for our close relationships.

We can only but brace ourselves in such uncertain times on what is still yet to come, but there is a need to stay resilient regardless of any outcome. But what is blatantly clear is how we cannot endure any more lockdowns and how there is a need for a better trajectory this year considering how we have become more educated on the virus. It is time to gain momentum and get back on track. There is nowhere else to go but up.


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