By Modesto P. Sa-onoy
Let’s continue with the article of Chananya Weissman in the Times of Israel on why he refuses to be vaccinated. Anyone of his reasons could be ours. Surprisingly many top officials of the Philippine government have found other reasons that many of them are now refusing to get vaccinated – they are past the age of 60 or have some health considerations. The latest report says that about half of the front liners in the Philippine General Hospital are also excusing themselves from the vaccine. There was an earlier report that over 95% of them would refuse the vaccine.
Anyway, let’s cite the eighth reason why Weissman refuses the vaccine. He said Israel agreed to share medical data of its citizens with a foreign drug company as a fundamental part of their agreement to receive this treatment. “I never consented for my personal medical data to be shared with any such entity, nor was I even asked. I will not contribute to this sleazy enterprise.”
We are not aware whether our own government, now receiving donated doses of Sinovac has also entered into an agreement with China to share the results of their vaccinations on Filipinos. Knowing China, they will not donate without a quid pro quo, if not medical information in return for their vaccines then political and economic considerations.
Weissman cited the report for his 9th objection: The executives and board members at Pfizer are on record that they have not taken their own treatment, despite all the fanfare and assurances. They are claiming that they would consider it unfair to “cut the line”. This is a preposterous excuse, and it takes an unbelievable amount of chutzpah to even say such a thing. Such a “line” is a figment of their own imagination; if they hogged a couple of injections for themselves no one would cry foul. In addition, billionaires with private jets and private islands are not known for waiting in line until hundreds of millions of peasants all over the world go first to receive anything these billionaires want for themselves.
Weissman’s 10th reason is an offshoot of the 9th. He said that “the establishment media have accepted this preposterous excuse without question or concern. Moreover, they laud Pfizer’s executives for their supposed self-sacrifice in not taking their own experimental treatment until we go first. Since they consider us such fools, I do not trust them, and do not want their new treatment. They can have my place in line. I’ll go to the very back of the line.”
Similarly, why are our top officials not elbowing each other to get vaccinated? In fact, they are giving one excuse after another not to get vaccinated. Secretary of Health Francisco Duque has found an excuse to skip being vaccinated. The other officials, as those in Bacolod, are silent about whether they will show an example of “courage” and get vaccinated first, so why would they rush others to get the injection? I believe they know the immediate as well as the long-term effects of the vaccine and they are waiting for others to get it first.
That excuse – the people deserve it first – is ridiculous. I doubt if people would complain if one dose were given first to the mayor, to the vice mayor and one each to the councillors. That is known as leading by example, more effective than all the talk about the vaccine as heaven sent. The leader goes first, the reason he is the called leader.
The eleventh reason of Weissman cited three “facts” that he said we must “put together” to get a wider picture than the pandemic and vaccine. The facts have something sinister in them. He said “Bill Gates is touting these vaccines as essential to the survival of the human race. Bill Gates believes the world has too many people and needs to be “depopulated”. Bill Gates, perhaps the richest man in the world, has also not been injected. No rush. Uh, no. I’ll pass on any medical treatments he wants me to take.”
Is Bill Gates refusing the injection because the vaccine will bring about the solution to his lament that the world is overpopulated?