When you hear somebody label the COVID vaccine as “experimental”, then that is an immediate red flag that announces “Here is a potential anti-vaccine crank”. It is not always the case, but it usually is.
What exactly is “experimental” about a vaccine that has not only been through very robust phase III clinical trials, but has also had literally billions of doses deployed?
For every whacky claim there is of course a Facebook posting that will supposedly validate it. Sanity tip: If anybody is citing either “Facebook” or “YouTube” then you can more or less guarantee that it is wrong.
Key Statement of Fact: COVID-19 vaccines authorised for use are not experimental and have all completed animal and clinical trials.
What is this really about?
It’s a tactic. The term “experimental” perhaps stems from the observation that the COVID vaccines are available under The Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
Rather obviously it is not released as a scientific “experiment”, the vaccines are way beyond that. There is a lot of data available that grants insights into both the safety and effectiveness of the various vaccines . That was true when they got the EUA. After literally billions of doses being deployed, it is even more so now.
Deploying this term is a way to invoke fear within the minds of the unwary.
Another term that is often deployed to scare people is “gene therapy”. Such language is not designed to inform, bur rather to manipulate and scare people.
What else can we observe?
In a recent “discussion” with somebody who labelled the vaccine (pick any, the the several now available) as “experimental”, I also was advised of the following …
You are far better off just taking Vitamin D
(Insert sound of my jaw hitting the floor here)
The quick short answer is, no, that’s BS. The slightly longer answer is more complicated. It just might reduce the duration of symptoms for some people who have a Vit D deficiency. What it will not do is reduce the risk of acute respiratory tract infection in any way. For those that toss about the word “experimental”, you will find that they quite happily embrace totally unproven “experimental” approaches such as this, yet reject a vaccine that has been very robustly proven to work.
Bottom line. Be ware of those that deploy such terms.
What Happens Now?
The UK government has decided to remove all restrictions July 19th. With the Delta variant rapidly escalating this is quite frankly insane. Tragically the people this will impact the most are those who have been convinced that the one sure way forward, is bogus and “experimental”, hence refused the vaccine.
For those that might suggest that most will not die, and so all will be well, I should point out that long-COVID is not exactly a basket of fun. COVID for many is not just a bad flu. You really really do not want to get COVID, and so your best bet right now is the well-proven vaccine.
This is probably a cue for the folks who dish out the “experimental” term to claim that I’m obviously in the pay of big-pharma. If so, then that’s my cue to roll my eyes.
The very big Picture – Where are we right now?
Via here …
- 24.4% of the world population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
- 3.25 billion doses have been administered globally, and 34.81 million are now administered each day.
- Only 1% of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose.
We are in a race to get on top of it all. The longer it persists the more probable it is for new variants to emerge.