Acceptable Risks

Without regard to guidance from many of the world’s leading health agencies, the Communist Party of Vietnam vaccinated as many people, aged 18 to 65+, as it could with the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine during its country-wide vaccination efforts that had begun in June despite its mostly youthful populace. Due to an unexpected number of post-vaccination deaths among younger individuals with no underlying health conditions, governments worldwide, rightfully, either stopped using the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine entirely on those below a certain age or required written consent from them to get it. The Communist Party of Vietnam neither heeded the warnings about the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine that have been available for months nor informed its citizens and residents of its risks. Millions of doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine had been administered before supplies ran-out on or around August 12th, six days ago.

You’d think that a government would make a concerted effort to provide fair warning about the side effects for any vaccine, at the very least. It seems like a reasonable thing to do, no? Except for a couple of high-level comments made by Dương Thị Hồng, Vice Chairwoman of Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, made before an online government meeting in late-July where she said:

“All of the COVID-19 vaccines can have side effects like pain, swelling and/or redness at the injection site. They can also have systemic reactions such as fever, discomfort, fatigue and loss of appetite. There may also be cases of serious complications after getting vaccinated such as allergic reactions and anaphylaxis but that is very rare”


“There is no vaccine that is completely safe and no kind of vaccine is 100 per cent effective against the disease. But people should still get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect their health as well as protect the community”,

…neither the Communist Party of Vietnam, its local agencies nor any of its state-controlled media bothered to provide any proper information about the known risks associated with the vaccines it made available to the general population prior to vaccination. Only after being vaccinated were individuals informed of some general side-effects on the back of the yellow vaccination card given to them.

Someone might argue that the health risks specific to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine are a quick Google search away. That might have made some sense had most of Vietnam’s populace not only been literate and educated at a U.S. college level but also fluent in English, and knew how to use a computer, navigate to Google and execute a search. Unhindered access to the internet is a must as well.

The Communist Party of Vietnam acted criminally by American standards. Should death occur, it’d be unjust not to consider it liable. The Communist Party of Vietnam deliberately withheld critical information to mislead the public. How else do you think Phú Nhuận and Cần Giờ, the districts that have completed their first dose campaign, achieved 92.94% and 97.3% compliance, respectively? Mind control.

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