Benefits of COVID Vaccines Outweigh Risks

Updated 2021 02 01, to show  Canada’s rank in progress of administering vaccines.

Unknown COVID vaccine side effects may appear after millions immunized—but benefits outweigh risks, asserts News Week. (More, by 

“Unknown COVID Vaccine Side Effects May Appear After Millions Immunized—But Benefits Outweigh Risks.” Really? That assertion is pure speculation. The side effects are unknown. It is unknown whether they will or will not appear. Furthermore, it is unknown how severe or prevalent the side effects will be, if they do appear. Therefore, no one cannot accurately estimate what the risks are and calculate whether the benefits of the vaccines will outweigh the risks they may pose. Still, educated guesses can and are being made. Nevertheless,

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COVID-19 Vaccine Side-Effects

The New York Times states in its Dec. 27, 2020 article “Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker“:

Vaccines typically require years of research and testing before reaching the clinic, but in 2020, scientists embarked on a race to produce safe and effective coronavirus vaccines in record time. Researchers are currently testing 64 vaccines in clinical trials on humans, and 19 have reached the final stages of testing. At least 85 preclinical vaccines are under active investigation in animals. (More)

Was enough testing done? It appears that, in the rush, there was not enough time to do animal tests. Obviously,  a lot of information about COVID-19 vaccines is yet to be discovered, and 85+ vaccines provide a very large selection to choose from. Let’s hope that the information relating to the vaccines that are being rushed to market after a few months of testing is sufficient to ensure that those vaccines will truly provide more benefits than risks.

In the meantime, I will stay at home as much as possible, try to stay out of senior care centres, avoid becoming a resident in any of them, hope for the best, prepare myself to accept the worst, and hope to live long enough to see how it all will turn out.

By the way, here is what prime minister Trudeau had said during his address from outside his home in Ottawa, on the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic, with respect to the progress of vaccinations in Canada. (apparently Dec 18, 2020):

Justin Trudeau, making announcement about Vaccine "gold standard"

Justin Trudeau, making announcement about vaccine “gold standard”

“….Canada has the most, most vaccines secured per capita, and the most diverse portfolio of vaccine options in the world….Indeed, we have secured, as you pointed out [the reporter had *not* pointed that out at all –Walter], one of the best ranges of vac vac vaccine vaccine portfolios of any country in the world, and we have secured more potential doses of of vaccines per Canadian than anywhere else….with a gold-standard for Canadians that is the envy of the world….” (see video) Yeah, right.

Reality, as of Jan. 31, 2021, falls short of that claim. Canada ranks 24th (25th, as of 2021 02 02) out of about 50 countries for which Our World in Data tracks vaccination data (click on bar chart, to gain access to the latest version; interactive at the source).:

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