THE WAY I SEE IT | Susan Amoroso
Here I am again ranting on the covid19 vaccine! Why? Because inoculating millions of my countrymen with vaccines whose safety and effectiveness have not been established is a red flag. A few days ago, the Chinese SinoVac was reported to be the vaccine of choice by the Philippine government. It was also reported that the government plans to roll out the Sinovac by March or April 2021. That is three months from today. In a related TV interview, Dr Nina Gloriani, head of the Philippine vaccine panel said the Sinovac efficacy is much lower than the Pfizer BioNtech and the US Moderna vaccines. The phase 3 trial results of Sinovac were not also disclosed if there is. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend giving any covid vaccines to children and young adults. A group of medical doctors who don’t believe there is a real medical pandemic says the vaccines may cause infertility and may alter the DNA. Long term effects are not known due to the short span in its development. Since I haven’t experienced being sick with the coronavirus, thank God, and haven’t seen first-hand covid cases in hospitals, I do believe the world’s population can survive with or without the vaccines. Fact is I do not intend to have myself and my family vaccinated even if they are given free. A strong immune system is the best defense against any virus. Viral infections such as the coronavirus are self-limiting. It just so happens that the Covid19 exhibit symptoms more severe than the common flu. However, in the past months, many have recovered using traditional medicines.
All governments under the umbrella of the World Health Organization and the United Nations are encouraged to implement the anti-covid vaccination program for a large part of its population. It is with great relief that the Philippine government has ruled that vaccination is not mandatory for all its 110 million population. However, the face masks and face shields have become strictly mandatory in public places. News reports say the police can immediately arrest you if you are caught not wearing the mask and the face shield. Large Christmas gatherings, talking out loud and singing in karaokes have also been prohibited. The policemen in Metro Manila were issued long rattan canes or “yantok’’ to use for self defense as they enforce covid-related rules and regulation. The police can also use them against violent persons and those resisting arrests for any crimes instead of the deadly firepower of guns. However, with the use of the stick, the power of the law enforcer has been extended to invade the personal space of an individual.
What if a laborer while walking along the sidewalk or in a street corner pulls off his mask and face shield to inhale some air and also to wipe his sweaty face? It so happens that a police officer sees him while the covid contraptions are off his face? Will the seemingly errant individual be hauled off to the police station immediately? What if he reasons out and had a mild altercation with the police officer? Has the police officer the right to wield the stick and bamboozle him with stick blows?
First off, the strict implementation of mandatory face masks and face shields wherever and whenever, the prohibition of talking out loud in restaurants and singing in karaokes are draconian. These prohibitions invade the individual’s personal space and curtail his liberty. There is now a law/ordinance or executive order that disallows families to celebrate Christmas in a large way. May I ask the Covid Inter-Agency Task Force or IATF? All these draconian arrogance in the pretext of a disease with a less than one percent mortality rate and more than 90 percent recovery rates? Covid cases do not even add up honestly as many false positives were found in PCR or swab tests study. Many I know could relate to my sentiments.