Danmark og Europa diskuterer, om man bør sende vacciner til de lande, der ikke har nok i stedet for at begynde at vaccinere unge ned til 12 år.
Of course, we must vaccinate our own citizens before sending vaccines to other countries
Denmark and Europe are discussing whether to send vaccines to those countries that do not have enough instead of starting to vaccinate young people up to 12 years of age.
India is the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer and their serum institute until recently sent Covid19 vaccines out of the country. They should never have done that. The corona epidemic is raging and people are dying like flies in hospital corridors and in their private homes. The country has now announced that it will not export the promised vaccine doses to the countries with which it had contracts before the end of the year at the earliest. They will instead use the vaccines on their own citizens.
Is there anything we have learned since Corona became part of our vocabulary and daily life, then it is that nothing is predictable in dealing with this horror monster. One country is doing well one month and terribly the next.
As one of more than 600,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 16, my 13-year-old daughter has long since received her first dose of Pfizer, and on Constitution Day she will receive her next. Here, this age group was opened on May 10, and on the 11th she received her first dose . In recent weeks, her friends have had their stabs in the upper arm, and through my daughter I hear about a bubbling expectation of soon being able to resume social activities.
Since the end of February 2020, my daughter and her friends have gone to school from home, they have exclusively had their social interactions via Zoom and the creativity has been great. Among other things. she has baked cookies simultaneously with a friend and rehearsed k-pop dance routines with some girlfriends. Next school year will take place in a physical classroom. My daughter is looking forward to it. Until then, she has started hanging out with friends after school, and the result is a bubbly happy teenager – we have missed her.
I have absolutely no bad conscience about her receiving a vaccine. On the contrary, I feel that with the plug we have contributed to making our civic duty.
There are many reasons why this is the right thing to do.
I know that most children react relatively mildly to Covid-19, but there are children who die from this disease. My doctor friend from Brazil told me a few weeks ago that over 1000 children have died in her home country. Furthermore, we do not know the potential long-term cognitive consequences of children and adolescents who have been infected with Covid-19.
Children and adolescents are really good carriers of infection, and therefore they can easily infect adults who do not react as mildly to viruses as the children who have infected them.
Some claim that vaccinating children, who in the vast majority of cases react mildly to the infection and thus do not benefit from the vaccination, violates Danish vaccination principles. But can one look so closely at the situation?
In a larger societal perspective, it is crucial whether you can get outbreaks under control – and to get it, you have to have a large part of the population vaccinated, including children.
Due to resistance to vaccines, we will never get herd immunity here in the United States, but the more people who are vaccinated, the more hospitalizations and deaths we will avoid.
And then there is the aspect that is about the well-being of young people. To that extent, they need to get out and be allowed to be young and social – in a way that is safe for the rest of the population.
Of course, other countries need help and resources need to be allocated. The pandemic has, if anything, focused on the fact that in this world there is a difference between who has access to resources and who does not. We need to help, both because it’s the right thing to do, but also to avoid mutations that do not respond to the vaccines we have available now.
But we must vaccinate our own populations and save ourselves before we extend a helping hand to other countries. We can not pull people up on the raft if we are in the water ourselves. One vaccine at a time, we can change the situation – and then we can help other countries. Every thing in its time.
Now we just need the youngest children to be approved for the vaccine, preferably before school starts in early September, and there I am also ready with my 11-year-old son – without the slightest guilty conscience.