Registered On: December 24, 2013
It’s an opinion, Deerey, which you’re perfectly entitled to disagree with. There is no right or wrong regardless of how many ‘experts’ say one thing versus another. Of course we need to do everything we can to help other countries but there are far too many unknowns for anyone to say that we should turn our attention to them unless and until we’re confident the virus is under control in our own country.
It’s perfectly possible that if we don’t vaccinate sufficient numbers in the UK beyond the most vulnerable a new variant could spring up and we’d be back in serious trouble. This is the point about virtue signalling. I’d personally feel great that the UK was helping a poorer nation sooner rather than later but I have to be honest to myself and accept that just because it would make me feel great doesn’t mean it’s the best thing to do.
As for Brexit, the very simple truth is that had we not been leaving the EU it’s 99.9% certain that we’d have been part of the EU vaccination programme. I’m struggling to see how anyone can reasonably claim otherwise. As it was, many people — not least on this board — were saying the UK was making a huge mistake not going with the EU programme when it was announced. I’m not going to be smug because it’s people’s lives were talking about here.
One of the huge benefits from the UK’s decision is that we will be able to help out other countries and far more quickly than would otherwise have been possible.
BRI, all good and very fair points. I’m simply saying that lockdown greatly amplifies the non-covid death rates and that these will be horrendous, as will be the mental health issues, and very possibly about as bad as the covid deaths themselves. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have lockdowns — clearly they’ve been essential, but we should certainly be looking to come out of them as quickly as we possibly can.