Don’t endanger lives by spreading false news about vaccines, Moghalu cautions

PRESIDENTIAL candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the last election, Professor Kingsley Moghalu has cautioned against endangering the lives of people by spreading false news about the Corona virus vaccines.

In his tweet thread titled “The coming war over vaccines”, the Professor of International Business and Public Policy  advocated for extensive, vigorous public education about the personal and public health benefits of vaccinations, and urged government not to make taking anti-covid-19 vaccines compulsory.

However, he said those that believe in some fringe conspiracy theory or misapply certain tenets of religious faith to be ready to bear the risks personally. The statement reads;

“Covid-19 is truly unique because it’s a profoundly anti-social disease that blocks the way we interact, instinctively, as human beings.

‘Beyond this unique feature, three things also are truly unfortunate about this pandemic: the lives it has wasted, the economic catastrophe it has wrought, and the conspiracy theories it has bred – from 5G to the anti-Christ and the mark of the beast.

“The politicization of science and public health, and the inability of many to distinguish between religious faith, presumption and foolishness can undermine the health and safety of us all.

“We will enter the second phase of this battle of conspiracy theories, emotions vs rationality, sentiment versus fact, if and when vaccines for Covid are rolled out in 2021. This battle will be global, in the West (especially in America) and in Africa, but worse in our continent.

“We will enter the second phase of this battle of conspiracy theories, emotions vs rationality, sentiment versus fact, if and when vaccines for Covid are rolled out in 2021. This battle will be global, in the West (especially in America) and in Africa, but worse in our continent.

“BCG, polio, cholera, smallpox yellow fever, meningitis, diphtheria, HPV, etc. They were vaccinated because they had responsible parents who loved them and guarded their children’s health, so their kids will become adults and bury their parents and not the other way around.

“I don’t believe vaccinations for Covid-19 should be by force or by law (some of us may wish to remain face-mask fashionistas for the rest of our lives!) but there should be extensive, vigorous public education about the personal and public health benefits of vaccinations.

“You probably won’t be able to travel to certain or several countries, without a Covid-19 vaccination certificate, just like for yellow fever. Many schools may require it for admissions or reopening after holidays. Millions will clamor for the vaccines of their own free will.

“If you choose, however, NOT to take an anti-Covid vaccine because you believe in some fringe conspiracy theory, or because you misapply certain tenets of religious faith, it’s your personal decision. You will bear the risk personally, and expose others like you to risk.

“But please do not endanger the lives of fellow human beings, fellow citizens, by spreading false and fake news about vaccines. They have saved hundreds of millions of lives since Edward Jenner developed the first smallpox vaccine over two centuries ago in 1798. If one or more vaccines are confirmed to work against Covid-19, they will save millions more”.

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