While the Jamaican government is encouraging Jamaicans to take the AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, countries across Europe are putting a halt to its use because of the fears of the dangers associated with the vaccine.
A growing list of countries have suspended the shots amid fears over blood clots and other possible side effects.
Denmark was the first country on March 11 to say it will suspend use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a precautionary measure over fears of blood clots in vaccinated people. Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Latvia and many others would soon follow suit.
So the question must be asked, does the Jamaican government know something that these other countries do not know? Or could it be that these other countries have their own scientists studying the health risks of the vaccine and deciding that it is not safe?
Some have argued that the rejection of the vaccine might have nothing to do with safety and more to do with European countries wanting to punish England because of Brexit (Britain exiting the European Union). AstraZeneca is an English company and its COVID-19 vaccine was developed in a partnership with Oxford University which is also a British higher learning institution. But a country like Thailand has also suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine and it not involved in the European Union affairs, not directly at least.
One has to wonder why the only COVID vaccine that its usage is being halted in all these majority white countries is the only vaccine available in the majority Black countries.
It is a shame that a country like Jamaica does not have her own scientists to study the safety and efficacy of a vaccine before distributing it out to her citizens. Marcus Garvey warned of situations like this exactly 100 years ago when he said the following:
There is no height to which you cannot climb without the active intelligence of your own mind. Mind creates, and as much as we desire in nature we can have through the creation of our own minds. And today being scientifically the weaker race, you shall treat others only as they treat you; but in your homes and everywhere possible, you must teach the higher development of science to your children; and make sure; and make sure that we have a race of scientists par excellence. For in religion and science lies our only hope to withstand the evil designs of modern materialism.
If only the Black race had listen to and follow the teaching of Marcus Garvey. Read the entire Marcus Garvey speech here.