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by Patrick Gittens
If those in Government, civil society organisations and business leaders attacked unemployment, poverty alleviation, homelessness and care of the elderly with the same frenzy and fervour with which they are trying to get needles in people’s arms with vaccines, vaccine boosters, boosters for the vaccine boosters and boosters to boost the boost that the vaccine boosters are being boosted with, what wonderful societies we would have.
It was in the 90s that late former prime minister Owen Seymour Arthur coined the phrase “Job No.1 is Jobs” during a General Election. PM Arthur went on to create an employment boom like no other.
It would appear now that his successor Prime Minister Mia Mottley is hoping for that same magic. From all accounts and evidence before us her slogan appears to be “Job No.1 is Jabs”.
In Barbados over 5 000 cases but 51 deaths in two years. Yes, 51 deaths too many, but 51 nonetheless. Worldwide, millions of cases but the recovery rate is in the mid-to-late 90 per cent. And this has nothing to do with vaccination. This is about people’s natural immune system doing the job that God created it to do.
Boost it if you must with all the natural substances placed on the earth by the Creator, but why go an unknown route of ceding control of your natural immunity to a vaccine that pharmaceuticals do not want to accept liability for but are willing to pocket billions for?
Perhaps those millions of persons who have recovered globally, and the thousands who have recovered in Barbados are already providing their own herd immunity. If the Cororavirus is mutating into different variants as a direct response to “attacks” on it, then what is the best option to fight it. Vaccines?
And let the mutations into other variants continue? Or let one’s natural immune system repel it, recognise it for future reference, and is able to repel it subsequently.
The scientists need to explain in full detail why so many millions have caught the virus and the vast majority have recovered from it…without vaccination.
If vaccinations prevented contraction and spread then vaccinations would be fine and this letter would never have been written. But though Barbadian authorities are hell bent on hiding details of vaccinated people perishing, that occurrence is the reality outside of Barbados where news on this subject is unfiltered and not subject to government control or panicked responses.
Added to that no one is speaking of cases here, businesses to be exact, where fully vaccinated workers actually took the virus to the workplace. The irony, one of the vaccinated was on a ventilator while his unvaccinated colleagues had very mild symptoms. These stories seem to be lost somewhere when the Press conferences to inform the naiton are held.
The idea being circulated that the vaccine will protect persons from getting really sick and dying doesn’t – to me – take into consideration that people will die eventually. . . full stop.
Understand that recently a fully vaccinated male in the United States got hit by a truck driven by an unvaccinated male. Don’t remember if the driver took the vaccine subsequently. And with all of us being different, with different tolerance levels and different immunity strengths, I don’t understand the blanket argument that the vaccine will prevent serious illness and hospitalisation.
I am pro-vaccination and I am pro-anti-vaxxers. I am pro-choice and I would be pro our legislators instituting laws prohibiting employers using coercion, threats and intimidation, whether directly or constructively, to make people get vaccinated. It should be a criminal offence.
We are developing a situation where people are being made to feel like criminals, scourges, traitors and the like because they reject vaccination.
Are we still fighting HIV/AIDS, hypertension, diabetes, dengue, among others, in the region?