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My Envision and Stake on the Supposed COVID 19 Vaccine by Okpara Chibuzo



My Envision and Stake on the Supposed ๐—–๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—œ๐——-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต Vaccine by Okpara Chibuzo Solomon

Itโ€™s few days away from 2021. So let me give my stake on the world events as I envisage them next year. The centre of this my excerpt lies on COVID-19, and itโ€™s likely implication on health and economy, especially in the Sub-Saharan Africa come 2021.

All things Iโ€™m gonna be saying are my personal views. Taking it serious or not serious is purely your own concern.

COVID-19, as we all have witnessed, has done nothing but scattered the whole world. Nobody ever thought that something that emanated from just a small village of Wuhan in far away China can shatter the whole world like this. No thanks to our African politicians that never prepared our economy for doom-days like this. But e don be as e go be shaa.. And thanks to God that we are surviving.

But right now, the major panic of the world, especially our unprepared Africa, seems not to be the crown-like virus itself, but rather on the cure for the virus and the implementation of the cure.

With tens of supposed vaccines for the virus emanating from different biotechnological industries, the safety of the masses are being questioned. Most sub-Saharan Africa dwellers has vowed not to even let anyone bring any vaccine near them, not to even talk of being administered to them. No thanks to various consipary theorems, coupled with high level of illiteracy in this geographical region.

And here is the engine room of my this my excerpt. As a certified Medical Biochemist, I will try my best to sound both Scientific and Logical in analysing the likely implications of taking or not taking the supposed covid-19 vaccine come next year.

First and foremost, the best proven way to tackle a virus is by developing a vaccine for it. Disease like poliomyelitis is a things of the past today, thanks to vaccine. Imagine given birth to a child and the child becomes crippled due to polio virus.. You know itโ€™s gonna be a burden for you and the child forever.

So with that, the need for a vaccine for such a virus as covid-19 can never be over emphasized. Of course we have been taking vaccines since the time we canโ€™t even remember. So whatโ€™s then the widespread panic against the supposed covid vaccine all about??โ€ฆ The answer is SAFETY.

Typical vaccines are prepared with live Attenuated strains of the viruses they are meant to tackle.. In a nutshell.. A typical vaccine for, letโ€™s say COVID-19, may contain attenuated strains of COVID-19 virus.

Some other versions of vaccines may contain mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acids), which contains the genetic information similar to the virus they intend to oppose. This is the case of the COVID-19 vaccine that has been reported to have been developed by Pfizer company. I heard it was actually championed by a Nigerian Medical doctor. Much thanks to him.

No matter the type of vaccine or the content of it, one thing is common with themโ€ฆ They provide immunity again the virus they are meant to tackle. They do so by provoking the immune system of the individual to produce antibodies against the targeted virus.

Simply put, vaccines are meant to manipulate your immune system and make them produce antibodies against the targeted virus. This makes them ready to attack the virus, should you eventually come across it.

What does this mean??โ€ฆ It means that typical vaccines actually doesnโ€™t do the work.. Itโ€™s your immune system that does the work. The work of the vaccine is to shout โ€œWolf! Wolf!โ€ Then it will sit back and watch your body gather itโ€™s armies (antibodies) against the wolf (virus).

And because these antibodies were synthesized by your body from copies of the vaccine, which contains attenuated strains of the virus itself or itโ€™s mRNA particles, these antibodies will only target and kill this particular virus from whose particles it was synthezed. This is why vaccines are virus-specific, unlike antibiotics that can be broad spectra (ability to kill many bacteria at a time).

๐—ก๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€

There are many procedures involved in dishing out Drugs and Xenobiotics to the public. You donโ€™t just produce a drug and start administering it to the masses. The safety of the drug must first be ascertained via phases and chains of precautionary measures. With that, the chances of such drug to have adverse effects will be almost zero.

In some cases where the drug still get small wahala, we will then weigh itโ€™s advantages against itโ€™s disadvantages. If the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, then the drug might still be accepted. But if the reverse is the case, then na no go area be that.

Of course there is an urgent need for a vaccine against covid-19, and this has been the bedrock of the scepticism against the vaccines being dished out. The chains of clinical trials involved in ascertaining the safety of drugs and vaccines would take a long time, hence most biotechnological industries might want to manoeuvre them. They would want to dish out their products as e dey hot.

So, in a scenario like that, we may be faced with vaccines that provides good results in the present, but may then be harmful to the body in times to come. A typical case study is the drug ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ.

Thalidomide is a sedative drug that was prescribed to many pregnant women in times past to relive pregnancy nausea. But this drug later turned out to be a worldwide tragedy, as it was causing irreversible damage to the fetus of thousands of children whose mothers took the drug.

It caused partial or total absence of arms and limbs in children, a sickness known as Phocomelia or Amelia. Just use your Google Search engine.

So what does that mean??โ€ฆ Even with the clinical trials and the precautionary measures employed in drug development, some drugs still went ahead to cause catastrophes and damage to the human race. And this alone logically proves those who are afraid of taking the covid-19 vaccine right.

But as a Medical Biochemist, I believe in vaccinesโ€ฆ Yes, the advantages of vaccines are far better than the disadvantages, thatโ€™s if thereโ€™s even disadvantages seff.

An effective vaccine will lead to the total eradication of the targeted virus. You wonโ€™t just be free from the virus for the mean time. You may be free from the virus for life. Isnโ€™t that better than taking drugs every now and then for a particular pathogen?? Prevention, we all know, is still better than cure.

That means with some vaccines, you will just have to โ€˜treatโ€™ yourself for the sickness once. You wouldnโ€™t need to be spending your money on treating that particular sickness, even for your lifetime. But donโ€™t forget, I said SOME vaccines.

But donโ€™t forget, whether you take a vaccine or not should be a matter of your choice. And which ever of the above choices you make, you are Right.

I was arguing with someone the other day on twitter. The guy said that The UK and The US will soon start to prevent all those countries that refuse to take the vaccine from entering their countries. And then I asked himโ€ฆ โ€œWhy would you take a vaccine and then prevent people who didnโ€™t take the vaccine from coming close to you?? It either means that your vaccine is ineffective, or that you donโ€™t trust it.

As funny as that my reply to the guy may sound, thatโ€™s still the truth. A vaccine shouldnโ€™t be shoved down on peopleโ€™s throat. Whether they choose to take it or not should be their choice. I donโ€™t know of any existing laws for taking vaccines, but I believe the most logical thing to do is not to force vaccines on people, but to educate them on the need for them to take the vaccine.

Having talked much about covid-19 vaccine, I would now talk about the economic implications of taking or not taking the vaccine on Africa. Iโ€™m using Africa as a case studies because thatโ€™s where I live and thatโ€™s where the world giants are much interested in, when it comes to economic and public health issues. No doubt, Africa provides a huge market for the tech and biotech giants of the world. We have always been their Lab rats. Thatโ€™s the ugly truth.

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜.

First, It will trigger a chain of reactions and counter-reactions from the big world powers. Like I said, Africa is a very big market for the tech and biotech giants of the world. So if Africans decides not to take the vaccine, a huge part of the market will be lost, and that will amount to billion dollar loses for the giants.

And what will that mean??โ€ฆ The big players in the world economic affairs will have to look for ways to force the vaccine on us. They might do this by placing various economic and travelling sanctions on Africans. They might even come up with theories that Africans have developed a strain of the virus which is resistant to their vaccine. By so doing, they will effect the travelling sanctions and that alone will cripple our already epileptic economy.

Also, without taking the vaccines, our evil leaders will keep milking our resources dry in the name of fighting the disease. But if the vaccine is taken and the virus is cured, then the business of looting in the name of fighting the virus will be over.

A state in Nigeria claims they spend average of 500 thousand Naira on each covid-19 patient everyday. For the more serious and critical cases, they claim they spend average of One million Naira daily on each patient. What a lucrative business for them!.

So a total cure for the virus, which can only be ensured by a vaccine, would mean no business for these looters. Of course they will still find other ways to loot, but at least, not with the virus anymore. So the looting and the widespread panic about the virus will stop.

๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—”๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ปโ€™๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ.

Anyway, such argument may sound logical. After all if truly there is covid-19 in Nigeria, people should have been dropping dead on the streets by now as was witnessed in other countries of the world that was hit by the virus.

But then, no matter how reasonable the doubts might be, the safest thing to do is to first believe that the virus is here with us. With such mental acceptance, you will now try your best to stay safe, and also be prepared for the worst. This of course will keep you on the safer side.

๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ธ ๐˜„๐—ต๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—›.๐—œ.๐—ฉ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€, ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ด ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ??

The answer is simple and logical. A disease like H.I.V can be avoided with ease, as its blood-related, unlike a disease like covid that can be gotten by mere physical contact and fluid droplets. In fact, physical barriers like condoms can prevent the spread of H.I.V. But for you to stay safe from covid, you may have to stay far from people or even stay indoors, which is a very tasking job. Hence there is this urgency for a covid vaccine more than that of H.I.V.

And for that of cancer, there may not have been any vaccine against it probably due to the fact that thereโ€™s no specific causative agent for it. Many things can cause cancer. These includes viruses, radiation, drugs, chemicals, just so many of them. So a vaccine for such sickness as cancer with many causative agents may be a difficult one to develop. But it can still be developed anyway, itโ€™s just a matter of more time and more studies.

And lastly, back to my points on the advantages of a vaccine for such sickness as covid-19, with the vaccine effectively administered, people will start moving around freely again without having any virus to be afraid of. I know here in Nigeria, the virus seff no dey panic us. Maybe we are Herd immuned to it. I donโ€™t know shaaโ€ฆ But then, in other countries, itโ€™s a serious case. And Nigeria and Africa depends on these countries for economic survival. So a total lock down in countries like china, US, UK, and India will mean harm to us here in Nigeria.

I was personally affected by this. For almost 5 months, I didnโ€™t have goods to sell. Cos my goods come for China, India and Indonesia. So the lock down in these countries affected my finance. So for those that are asking me for money, Iโ€™m sorry, I no get for now, cos my work was down for some months due to covid. Same with many company workers here in Nigeria.

So with this few points of mine, I just want to let you know that the covid vaccine may have come to stay, so we better prepare our minds for it. If you think itโ€™s not safe for you, then develop your own. And if you refuse to take it, then wait for the economic implications.

But for me shaa, I may not take it. I will just drink agbo and the virus go dey run far away from meโ€ฆ Lol.

Thank you for reading.

ยฉ Chibuzo

๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜ || ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜ || ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ง๐˜‚๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ || ๐—”๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ.

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