The CCP virus vaccine is finally here. Among vaccination programs developed by various countries, without exception, frontline health care workers and seniors are the first groups to receive a vaccine.
Common concerns about the vaccines
- Do these vaccines really work?
Currently, there are a number of vaccines available, including the Pfizer vaccine with an efficacy rate of 95%, the Modena vaccine with an efficacy rate of 94.5%, and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine with an efficacy rate of 70.4%, all of which exceed the 50% efficacy threshold required by WHO.
Let’s do some basic math by applying the Pfizer vaccine, with alleged 95 % efficacy rate, to real-world scenario.
New South Wales – my home state in Australia – has a population of 8,164,100. By applying current rules including social distance, masks, etc.., there have been 4,895 confirmed cases of infections so far. 4,895 confirmed cases translate to 0.05% of the total population, meaning that over 99.94% of New South Wales residents are being protected – which is 4.94% more effective than Pfizer’s 95% efficacy rate – that is more than 400,000 people protected without the Pfizer vaccine.
Some might ask: “why bother rolling out these vaccines if they don’t deliver better effects than existing quarantine measures?”
- Are these vaccines safe?
Following a number of reports on people who suffered side effects after vaccinations, we spotted an increasing concern over the safety of the vaccines from the public – particularly the one fast-track developed by CCP.
One of the most worrisome reports is that after 42,000 seniors, aged between 75-80, received the first dose of Pfizer vaccine in Norway, 29 of them lost their lives- which gives us a mortality of 0.069%, as opposed to a mortality of 0.02% in the population without any vaccination in New South Wales Australia, where only 56 cases of death, including those older than 75-80 age group, were reported.
Thus, in comparison with common quarantine measures like social distancing, masks and so forth, vaccination might put people at greater risks
However, the situation might be beyond our control. Although the federal government is supportive of voluntary vaccination in Australia, the NSW government just revealed that it is considering rolling out vaccine passports – meaning that one can only travel and enter public buildings like bars, government buildings after getting vaccinated.
To conclude, it is essential that we should at least be certain about the efficacy and safety of the vaccine before receiving them in order to protect your own life
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