Smudge3920 wrote: ↑Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:16 am
Vaccines have totally eradicated smallpox (also rinderpest, which infects cattle, which, unless vegetarian we need). We have also got very close to eradicating, polio, diptheria, bacterial influenza, measles, mumps, rubella and tetanus. Are you advocating Sara, that we stop all vaccine research and let nature take its course?
And I agree an economic system will not produce solutions to problems perish the thought, no that problem is also on us.
No, that's not what I said at all, and you're missing the point somewhat.
Preventing pandemics from arising in the future requires systemic changes, which would also bring many other benefits. Relying solely on vaccine development is a shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted approach, as we are now seeing. The reason for this approach being pushed above all others is the profitability of powerful companies, not the benefit of humankind.
Around 10 million people are infected each year with tuberculosis and 1.5 million die from it. Many of these could be saved by basic improvements in nutrition, hygiene and housing; 8 million people die every year as a result of air pollution. Just two examples of excess deaths which could be easily prevented if there was the political will to do so... so why are these not front page news every day of the week.
I'm not saying vaccination doesn't have a role, I'm saying the way healthcare is financed has a drastic adverse affect on our overall approach, with profitability being the key deciding factor. I'm also saying that the single most effective way to improve health and reduce preventable mortality, now and in the future, would be systemic change. That's not even on the mainstream political agenda, again because of vested financial interests.