The Ethics of COVID-19 Vaccines

Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite.

Vaccines are unique as unlike other drugs and medications, they are administered to a large population of mostly healthy individuals, often young children, for prophylaxis. Until January 2020, vaccines were defined as agents that work through protection of the individual as well as at the population level, for example, through herd immunity or eradication of the infectious agent. Thus, they were subjected to the highest safety standards. But all the safety standards as well as the definition of vaccine and anti-vaxxer were changed as COVID-19 vaccines were developed with “warp” speed. While these vaccines have failed miserably in providing good or robust immunity, the vaccine-makers themselves have perfect immunity from any accountability, now or ever. What a win-win situation and long-term recurring revenue model.

COVID-19 vaccines are often compared to polio vaccines. This is apples to oranges comparison because RNA and DNA viruses are fundamentally different. DNA viruses mutate at a very slow rate. DNA virus induces life-long immunity. After a nat...

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