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Archive for August, 2020

Trust – Where Now?

Posted on 27 August 2020 by in News

Reading Time: 4 minutes

In an era when trust in just about every institution is waning, the confidence held by the public in researchers and politicians to validate the safety and efficacy of a Covid-19 vaccine is not unsurprisingly, under scrutiny.

Concerns about vaccine safety already exist and should not be dismissed simply as ignorant or “anti-science.” It is quite reasonable that public health scientists and people offered the vaccine want to have a high consistency in analysis and safety data and significant comfort in efficacy vs risk. For if the global population is to be offered a vaccine, or vaccines, even a small percentage of adverse reactions or a limited protective response will negate any viable uptake, potentially extending the period before natural herd immunity can confer some sense of control for years.

Because the beneficial impact of vaccines requires widespread public acceptance to achieve population-level immunity, as well as individual immune systems capable of responding appropriately, vaccination policies from their earliest days have been subject to political and ideological debate, pitting individual rights against public health, referred to as vaccine hesitancy. Read the rest of this entry »

How do you Critique Scientific Information?

Posted on 12 August 2020 by in News

Reading Time: 5 minutes

There is an old saying that we have seen which is very applicable to a number of positions held by various groups:

You can’t reason someone out of a position they didn’t reason themselves into’.

What do we mean?

Obviously, ongoing challenges across all aspects of comprehension with the Covid-19 pandemic has spurred numerous opinion pieces (including our own), polarised groups into entrenched positions and created a tsunami of conspiracy theories, and a small number of potential clinical interventions (so far), some of which appear to be viable, safe and effective, others less so. Read the rest of this entry »

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