Are you ready to read a load of bullshittery from the Mail Newspaper Group? Yesterday in the Daily Mail we had “Vaccine questions that cannot be swept away”. Today in the Mail on Sunday we have the case for “The three weeks apart two part vaccination becoming the twelve weeks apart two part vaccination” that us, the older citizens, should now accept.
“Why all this palaver over a sensible idea to save more lives? This newspaper has been highly critical of much of the Government’s handling of the Covid pandemic.
“We have attacked its failure to provide adequate personal protection equipment at the start of the outbreak. We strongly criticised its inability to protect lives in care homes.
“We were among the first to point out that lockdowns can do more harm than good. And we have repeatedly called for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to listen to a wider selection of expert voices than those on the official Sage committee.
“But we have never been negative for the sake of it. Our interventions have been intended to ensure that the effort to preserve public health was as successful as possible. And this is very much reflected in our view of the vaccine. In the midst of a desert of disappointment and restriction, this has been one piece of undiluted good news, a huge scientific triumph, and much of it a British one.
“If this immunisation can be given as soon as possible to the most vulnerable in our society, then the whole apparatus of lockdown, curfew and closure can be dismantled and we can seize back our normal lives.
“Yet much of the debate around the vaccine, and how it is to be given, has turned sour. In some quarters there seems to be a relentless determination to find and spread bad news about it, especially in the argument about how the jabs should be shared among the population.
“Surely, given the power of the first dose to protect those who have had it, it makes great sense to ask our older citizens to accept a longer delay between the first and the second inoculation, so that more people can be covered more quickly?
[We wonder if the MoS Comment Editor actually read the evidence? The “older” people he refers to have underlying medical conditions, which is a phrase strangely missing from the MoS Comment]. See below, scientific proof of Pfizer and the periods of delay between doses.
“It is ridiculous and rather insulting to older men and women, full of experience of life and well used to the need to be patient, to assume that they cannot cope with a lengthier gap between the first jab and the second.
“Why then the great palaver over this idea, as if it was a serious blow to the health of the country, rather than a sensible attempt to do most good in the shortest time? Of course a free society should encourage criticism of mistakes and failures, or how are we to avoid them in future?
“After gloomy months of disease, isolation, loss of liberty, economic damage, closed schools, travel bans and separation, there is now at last hope that we can win back what we lost, and rebuild our lives. That is what matters, above all”.
Conclusion? The Mail Newspaper Group should take heed of its own creed, that a “free society should encourage criticism of the Mail on Sunday for its mistakes and failures so as to avoid them in future”.