As long as jabs aren’t from the West, they’re fine for the EFF

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As long as jabs aren’t from the West, they’re fine for the EFF

The EFF thinks we should get vaccines from Russia and China because they are ‘of better efficacy’. Really?!

Columnist

The state’s decision to “pause” the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has caused a great deal of consternation, not least because, as many internet wags have pointed out, it remains unclear how you pause something that hasn’t really started.

As a layperson untrained in statistics or the science of vaccines, I find the reasoning particularly confusing.

While I appreciate that governments and the medical-industrial complex can’t have a cavalier attitude to possible side effects of the vaccine, and are probably bound by all sorts of legal and ethical conventions, I still don’t fully understand why a one-in-a-million risk of blood clots is sufficient grounds to “pause” the rollout of a vaccine against a virus that kills one in 50 people infected with it, especially since governments consider it an entirely acceptable risk for women to take hormonal contraceptives such as the pill, which carries a risk of a blood clot in every 1,000 cases...

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