Senior journalist and political analyst, Kwesi Pratt Junior says theories about the AstraZeneca vaccine should not be dispelled completely, rather there should be an admission that the vaccines could be problematic.
Mr. Pratt said vaccines have an unfavorable medical history that makes tagging as conspiracy theories all salient questions raised over the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine safety wrong.
Joining panel discussion on Good Morning Ghana on Metro TV Wednesday morning, the founding editor of the Insight Newspaper established that vaccines are not side effects free and it could sometimes but severe.
“I don’t accept, that all the negative comments about vaccines amount to conspiracy theories. Some of them are rooted in medical history. They are facts. I have taken my vaccine because I think that the advantages of taking the vaccine far outweigh the risk of likely being associated with not taking the vaccine, so, I have taken the vaccine I’m not one of those people who say we shouldn’t take the vaccines. But what is often described as conspiracy theories has some merits and is rooted in medical history. For example; if you take the experiments carried out in the United States on finding a cure for syphilis, clear there’s clear evidence I think it even went to court that black people were specifically targeted; Black people and Latinos were specifically targeted and hundreds of thousands of people died as a result of that experimentation,” Kwesi Pratt Junior said on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana Wednesday.
He added, “So that is medical history which clearly confirms that some racism in the past found it way into medical research and so on. Again, there’s evidence that not too long ago, less than 100 years ago many American women were suffering from miscarriages. Medical scientists produced a drug that prevented or reduced miscarriage but after twenty years they found out that, daughters born to these mothers had cancer.
The editor-in-chief of the Insight Newspaper further stressed that there’s enough evidence to doubt the efficacy of vaccines therefore questions and observations over the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine shouldn’t be utterly declined.
“Medical history/science always had a problem and indeed the scientists themselves will tell you that every medicine has side effects, every vaccine has a side effect and so no. If you take the current case of the AstraZeneca vaccine which has been suspended in about 14 countries or so I think that is due to extreme caution those governments have. They are worried they don’t want to be blamed in the future so they’ve become very conscious and I will not fault them for becoming very conscious.”
According to Kwesi Pratt, “I went for my shot with someone from Metro TV. In fact, I insisted we go together and take the shot she had to go to the hospital and was put on a drip. I have known many people who have had symptoms as a result of taking the shots. And, we’re told these symptoms range from mild to severe and that, up to 20% of those who take these shots have these symptoms of mild to severe and so on.”
“My problem is that if we just dismiss all these are (sic) conspiracy theories and so on, and people have grounds to believe what they want to believe and so on, it makes the efforts to encourage people to take the vaccine more difficult, so, let admit that there are/could be problems with the vaccine, that medical history has not always been glorious, and there has been an element of racism in medical history and so on,’ he lamented.
Mr. Pratt, therefore, urged leaders to, “move on to explain that given the current condition which the world finds itself vaccinating yourself is very important.”
His comments come on the back of the concerns raised by some countries of adverse cases recorded from the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Germany, Italy, France, and Spain have temporarily halted the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a precaution.
Meanwhile, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says Ghana has not recorded any case of blood clots from its COVID-19 vaccination exercise.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, available to ORIGINAL NEWS, the Authority said even though vaccines and medicines tend to have some side effects, no serious case has been recorded in the country.
It explains that the assurance is from its Joint COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Review Committee which has monitored all adverse reports from the vaccines.
“In the view of the above, the FDA would like to reassure the public that it is closely monitoring this situation locally and to date, no events of blood clots linked to the COVID-19 vaccine have been reported amongst those who have been vaccinated in Ghana.”
“Generally, vaccines and medicines tend to have some side effects and this needs to be continually balanced against the expected benefits in preventing illness.”
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana