Bulgarian resident Maria Spirova, who lives in the UK, has revealed whether a vaccine for COVID-19 is dangerous. He is one of the volunteers who agreed to have the Oxford vaccine tested on them.
Here’s what Spirova has to say:
Every day I receive messages from terrified people who don’t want to be “seasoned rabbits” for a new vaccine or fear that a vaccine will not be well tolerated by their aging parents.
I want to answer briefly here.
Friends and strangers, you are not an experienced rabbit.
Me (for the Astra Zeneca vaccine, with nearly 30,000 other people). And for the Pfizer vaccine, which has been approved in the UK, another 43,000 volunteers from around the world. They are seasoned rabbits that guarantee that you won’t be. Please try to understand what this means.
This volunteer has not been injured so far. Do not suffer any bodily injury beyond the usual discomfort after injection. If they have something or suspect that something is happening to them, the experiment will stop. He also stopped twice during the Astra Zeneca test to find out from independent medics whether the symptoms of the two volunteers were related to the vaccine.
Elderly volunteers were selected from all advanced vaccine volunteers. This is normal when developing a vaccine against a virus that is devastating for adults. You cannot claim to have developed a vaccine against a disease that is lethal to a vulnerable group without testing whether it is safe and effective for that group.
All test data is carefully reviewed by independent experts from the national regulatory authority. They are all aware of the immense pressure they are under to make the right decisions without ignoring standards. Not everything always depends only on the shares of a particular company.
In the end, you will decide for yourself whether to get vaccinated or not.
It is important to decide on the basis of real arguments, not on ignorance of the development and testing process combined with widespread distrust of authorities such as the government or pharmaceutical companies. Yes, they have generated our suspicion and skepticism in other cases. But I thought it would be useful to focus on the here and now – out of the crisis with as little damage as possible. Collective immunity is the way forward. We contract it with a number of diseases, precisely because of prevention with vaccines.
Collective immunity will relieve congested hospitals and help us return to our normal lives. Vaccination is simply the quickest way to achieve it with minimal casualties. I don’t know about you, but if I had to assess the risk of a loved one getting sick and being treated in a Bulgarian hospital now and the risk of getting a vaccine that was developed and tested internationally, I would rather prevent, if I could, the possibility of him getting sick.
The vaccines we are discussing are subject to regulatory oversight in the European Union. And the European Union, like other national governments, gains nothing by deliberately and maliciously damaging the health of its citizens.
No vaccine is perfect, nor is it possible and necessary for all of us to get it by all means. But, as always, we need calm and a realistic assessment of what is least evil in the case and what risks are most acceptable. Now more than ever.