Statistics show the COVID vaccines work and are very low-risk. Many on the right are ignoring these facts
Until recently, progressive elites had cornered the market in COVID irrationality. They shut down society to prevent one particular threat to human health, oblivious to the costs of that shutdown on the rest of human flourishing. They used a zero-tolerance approach to COVID risk, arguing that if lockdowns prevented just one death from COVID, as New York governor Andrew Cuomo insisted early on, the destruction of social and economic capital would be worth it. They inflated the toll that COVID was allegedly taking on human life, counting hospital admissions and deaths with COVID as hospital admissions and deaths from COVID. They hyped case counts as tantamount to death counts and refused to compare COVID deaths with other sources of human mortality.
Progressive safetyism reached its reductio ab absurdum when COVID vaccines appeared on the scene. European and American authorities halted vaccine campaigns upon the discovery of a small number of blood clots among the vaccinated and an even smaller number of blood-clot related deaths. No causal connection between the blood clots and the vaccines had been established; indeed, in the EU and UK, the incidence of blood clots among the vaccinated population — a rate of 0.00023 percent —was lower than that among the unvaccinated population. Even assuming arguendo that the vaccines were causal in the handful of post-vaccine blood clot deaths, halting vaccinations would be justified only if the post-vaccine blood clot death risk — a rate of 0.000095 percent in Europe and 0.000014 percent in the US — was greater than the unvaccinated COVID death risk.
Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute, contributing editor at City Journal, and the author of the bestselling War on Cops and The Diversity Delusion. Follow her on Twitter here.
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