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Letter - Covid-19 vaccination: Facts, risks and the whole virus

2021-06-11  Staff Reporter

Letter - Covid-19 vaccination: Facts, risks and the whole virus
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Manycoloured Manley Nowaseb

The most recent data released by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the number of injuries and deaths reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) following Covid-19 vaccines reveals that there have been over 157 000 adverse events reported. 

Of those adverse reactions, the CDC says 16 014 consist of serious injuries, and 4 178 of them were deaths.

From 14 December 2020 through to 5 May 2021, over 245 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered in the United States.

During this time, VAERS received 4 178 reports of deaths (0.0017%) among people who received a Covid-19 vaccine. 

CDC and FDA physicians review each case report of death as soon as notified, and CDC requests medical records to further assess reports. 

This aligning of information amongst others came to my awareness while I researched more on the matter of the Covid-19 vaccination when I was asking myself along with millions of other “critical thinkers”, including Namibians and the world at large, the big question: “Should i get a Covid vaccination?”

The above establishment by the CDC is not irrelevant from what we are facing here in Namibia, Africa, and what has been the case in India recently. It is factual, even if it is not seen entirely as such that the vaccination does or may trigger potential life risks in some, if not all cases of vaccination.  

To understand better about the vaccines and the vaccination system, I have learned about what is called the whole virus vaccines, and how they could be used against Covid-19.  

It is proven by vaccine science that all vaccines work by exposing the body to molecules from the target pathogen to trigger an immune response – but the method of exposure varies. Here’s how whole virus vaccines work.

Many conventional vaccines use whole viruses to trigger an immune response. There are two main approaches. 

Live attenuated vaccines use a weakened form of the virus that can still replicate without causing illness. Inactivated vaccines use viruses whose genetic material has been destroyed so they cannot replicate, but can still trigger an immune response.

Both types use well-established technology and pathways for regulatory approval, but live attenuated ones may risk causing disease in people with weak immune systems and often require careful cold storage, making their use more challenging in low-resource countries. 

Inactivated virus vaccines can be given to people with compromised immune systems, but might also need cold storage.

In my recent article on ‘Covid vaccination: religion vs science’, I have expressed how the WHO and our ministry of health are preluding the course of the Covid-19 vaccination process. Now, one should therefore ask: does our own ministry of health learn and deliberate the life risk of Namibians in contrast to the abovementioned scientific studies and life-threatening reports on the Covid-19 vaccines?

In fact, does the ministry have a department that analyses the possible effect and reactions on the health and lives of Namibian citizens, which may be caused by our geographic and environmental differences, by any one of the four known Covid vaccines?

In all honesty, it generally seems and feels the pursuit for vaccination along with the Covid-19 activity is like a delayed process of a timeline which is rushed to get to what is targeted, and it is painful to insinuate that the Namibian government cares little about losing Namibian lives because we have to stay loyal to the WHO and its bosses.

2021-06-11  Staff Reporter

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