In the previous three parts, we looked at some of the challenges and opportunities of the war on the pandemic, the need for an urgent diplomatic mission for vaccines, and the deadly cost of politicizing the pandemic.
Today, let’s look at the idiocy of normally intelligent people who see anyone who doesn’t see COVID like them as easily deceived idiots and therefore Fair Game.
The term “Covidiot” is quite catchy, defined by the Macmillian dictionary as “an insulting term to someone who ignores health advice on COVID-19”; and by the Urban Dictionary as: “Someone who ignores warnings about public health or safety”.
But I would apply both definitions, not only to the victims of deliberate disinformation intended to get them to risk their lives (and everyone around them), but to those peddlers of conspiracy theories, horror stories. and incredible stories so well told they sound so good. true.
Deceivers go to extraordinary lengths and depths to convince others to commit suicide or play ‘Russian roulette’ with COVID-19 which they make up and widely share extraordinary scary stories, even citing Bible quotes to make up believing believers that they are taking a ‘Jab’ is ‘doing the devil’s work’, or part of a grand global conspiracy to use vaccines to reduce the world’s population or infuse humanity with control microchips mind controlled by robots.
Likewise, legal and secular defenders of the ‘rights’ of individuals to endanger others, resulting in deadly low vaccination and alarming levels of vaccine reluctance, vaccine refusal and mistrust across organizations. Caribbean – and the violent crowd responses instigated by weak opposition political parties take advantage of the sensitivities of vulnerable people deliberately misled into not believing in the deadly risks involved.
The fatigue of the lockdown and mixed messages on masks, the frightening stories about the ineffectiveness of some of the most popular vaccines, the evolution of more potent variants out of control and scientists seeing no beginning of an end to the pandemic in seen before 2024, have together still left the region in limbo, most CARICOM citizens have yet to receive a first shot, while the US and Europe are promoting third recall shots.
While people on both sides of the Atlantic who have already received the recommended doses are advised to take a third vaccine “just in case”, only 3% of Africa is vaccinated.
As a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said earlier this week, it’s like “giving life vests to people who already have them” – but the U.S. Surgeon General says it This is because of the growing ineffectiveness of existing vaccines.
Take also the continued denigration of China by those who politicize the pandemic.
China is today the world leader in the production and distribution of vaccines, and in the usual efforts to promote American and European vaccines, politicians who support pharmaceutical companies (BIG PHARMA and others “make bread for the dead ”and mercilessly profit from global disease) continue to claim, without evidence, that COVID-19, the sixth corona virus known to mankind, originated in China.
The international scientists involved argue that the actual origins have not been conclusively proven and warn that the politicization of research runs counter to the ultimate goal of establishing the truth.
But then, from a Caribbean perspective, it’s safe to say that tracing the origin of COVID-19 is as difficult as trying to trace where the region’s first ‘flying fish’ took off or landed – or trying to convince the Barbadians that the winged fish was not a gift from God to them.
Regardless of the growing evidence that, thanks to climate change, the warmer waters of Barbados created by global warming may have caused the pelagic winged species to migrate to cooler temperatures near Tobago (and in the territorial waters of the two-island republic), it is always difficult to get Barbadian fishermen to accept, they cannot simply follow the flying fish into the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Trinidad and Tobago.
But it is fundamentally accepted throughout the region that the theft of the flying fish has been so diverted in the age of climate change that it is no longer possible to confidently order a “flying fish cutter” from a hotel or restaurant in London. Barbados.
Same with the origin of COVID: few Caribbean people really know – or care – whether COVID-19 was the first or the last Corona virus, being more concerned with where – and when – it will go away.
Caribbean governments are also ignoring the politicization of the search for a source of origin.
Grenada was among seven other countries (including the other small island states Kiribati and the Solomon Islands) that recently sent 55 letters to the WHO, opposing the politicization of the origins issue.
Interestingly, many Caribbean citizens are still unvaccinated, not because they were convinced by 21st century prophets of COVID Doom and Gloom, but simply because they prefer to trust and wait for vaccines. Cubans, based on the region’s historic confidence in Cuba’s commitment to the health world.
Others are just not yet sufficiently convinced by health authorities and those who convey the message that unvaccinated people are all at risk, and therefore still wonder whether to vaccinate – and / or which vaccine to take.
But that doesn’t make them dumb.
No one will accept the jab until and unless they are convinced that it is in their best interests.
It is therefore the duty of governments and national health authorities, supported by professionals motivated by numbers and science rather than emotion, the religion of political affiliation, to explore and find ways and means of better communicate the message.
Truth always triumphs, and time and history are always with truth.
But in a time of a pandemic, time is not on humanity’s side, and the government’s priority task today in the virtual era of COVID-21 remains to find ways to convey the truth as credibly as those who peddle lies, the difference being in the veracity of this one.
Saint Lucia’s new Minister of Health, Moses ‘Musa’ Jn Baptiste, is as much a master messenger in Kweyol (the indigenous language of the vulnerable silent majority) as he is equally efficient artistically and astutely in the traditional commerce of communicating messages in and through bilingual poetry and prose. – and African percussions.
Placed to “lead from the front” with the blessing of a “master servant” who “follows numbers and science”, the minister’s “Musa” indeed has what it takes to lead the front-line messaging load. , accused by and with absolute truth and determination to triumph over real idiots by using COVID to cover up their shameful and shameless idiocy.
Shame on them…