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Politicization Of The COVID-19 Vaccine

Politicization Of The COVID-19 Vaccine

We have heard the news of the vaccine, it is still in its trial stage, but already politics and the woke crowd is trying to put in their two cents over who should be the first treated.

Vital workers in the healthcare industry should be the first treated, but this is even being argued over. Lauran Neergaard from AP is arguing due to the protection that health care providers are given, they should not be the first in line for the vaccine, adding to this is that most vaccines need a shot to set the immune system, then a second is necessary as a booster. Are people who think they deserve priority going to be willing to sit back and allow someone to have a second shot when they have yet to get their first?

Malinda Gates, Bill Gates’s wife, said after medical people get their shots, the next in line for the vaccine should be black people, but are we going to use race as a means to determine who gets to cut in front of the line?

In an interview with TIME Magazine on June 4, 2020, Gates said, “The first people that need this vaccine are the 60 million health care workers around the world. They deserve to get it before anybody else. Then you start tiering.” Answering the question of who has the highest need for COVID-19 vaccines after health care workers, Gates replied, “In the U.S., that would be black people next, quite honestly, and many other people of color. They have disproportionate effects from COVID-19.” 

Experts are tampering this push by the social justice movement; some are tampering this, one of them is Georges Benjamin, who said:

“It says that people are at risk because of their skin color, which isn’t the case — they’re at risk because they have public-facing jobs, chronic diseases, and other social determinants that put them at risk, and we have to be very careful — this is not a Black disease. People should not be concerned about African Americans being more infectious than anybody else.”

In other words, “it’s stigmatizing to the African-American community to say we’re more risky because of who we are than what we do,” Benjamin said. Instead, he said, he would prioritize access based on risk factors such as occupation, susceptibility to disease, age and income, and identify healthcare providers and delivery systems that are more likely to serve those populations.

The problem is going to be no matter how we work this; you will hear the social justice warriors try to make this about politics and race. The CDC’s opening suggestion is to vaccinate 12 million of the most critical health, national security, and other essential workers. Next would be 110 million people at high risk from the coronavirus — those over 65 who live in long-term care facilities, or those of any age who are in poor health — or who also are deemed, essential workers. The general population would come later.

Hopefully, science will win out with this. Still, we have seen with some treatments, such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook’s reaction towards people posting what medical professionals say about hydroxychloroquine, if it is not in line with what Big Tech demands, they will silence, even the professionals, thus putting the general public at risk.

At this moment, Black Lives Matter seems to be pulling the strings of liberal politicians, many of their demands have been met by these same politicians, which makes me think it will not be any different once a cure is found.

I fully expect this volume will pick up as we near the release of the first batch of vaccines.

About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.

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