The British royal family announced on January 8 that the 94-year-old Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, 99-year-old Prince Philip had all been vaccinated against the new crown. On the same day, the 84-year-old Pope Francis issued a statement saying that he would soon be vaccinated, and said that the refusal to receive the new crown vaccine was “unexplainable” and “suicidal refusal.”
Two monarchs with far more influence than their own countries announced such health measures, on the one hand, to reassure supporters, and on the other hand, to set an example for the people to vaccinate, because vaccination in Europe is too slow.
In the United States, where the epidemic is most severe, Trump was infected with the new crown last year and received antibody treatment, so he has not rushed to get the vaccine, but Biden has finished the two doses of Pfizer vaccine and conducted a live TV broadcast. The three former presidents Clinton, Bush Jr. and Obama also stated long ago that they hoped to be broadcast live on TV when vaccinating, so as to strengthen the people’s confidence in the vaccine.
Historically, during the swine flu and bird flu epidemics, then US President Ford and Obama vaccinated live in 1976 and 2009 respectively. However, the vaccine that Ford rashly recommended later ran into serious problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States quickly halted the vaccination program and destroyed half of the remaining vaccines.
Due to historical vaccine accidents and natural distrust of politicians, a high percentage of people in the United States are unwilling to be “guinea pigs” for the new crown vaccine. As of early January, the United States has 47 million doses of the new crown vaccine, 25.5 million doses have been distributed, and only 9.3 million doses have been given, which makes Biden very dissatisfied. The current improvement proposal of his team is to cancel the priority vaccination system for medical care and the elderly, no longer reserve a second dose, and use public facilities such as stadiums to mobilize collective vaccinations on a large scale.
Compared with the slow actions of European and American countries, the technologically prosperous Israel has been vaccinated smoothly. The President, Prime Minister, Minister of Health, Minister of Defense, etc. all took the lead and broadcast the vaccinations live. Netanyahu said: “All Israeli citizens who are about to receive the second dose of vaccine are as excited as I am. This will allow us to vaccinate all Israeli citizens over 16 years of age within two months. No later than the latest. At the end of March.”
The propaganda of vaccination in history is of course not limited to political celebrities. For example, the rock star “Elvis Presley” had a live broadcast of polio vaccination on a TV show in 1956. This move is known as “setting a good example for young people across the country.” But there are also studies that show that compared with decades ago, celebrities now have less and less influence on the public in terms of vaccines.
This is not because the influence and popularity of celebrities are declining, but for other reasons. On the one hand, there are celebrities who oppose vaccination. For example, in the United States, celebrities and local congressmen have publicly opposed vaccination. These “skeptics” mainly believe that these vaccines have not been fully tested, and that there are concerns about their effectiveness and adverse reactions. Some people even speculate that the vaccine protection rate of Pfizer and Modena is far from 95%, and may be lower than the minimum standard of 50% based on the low infection rate in the experimental group (because a large number of suspected cases have been excluded).
On the other hand, with the popularization and development of education, Western people have a deeper understanding of the basic principles and impact of vaccination. People look at the issue of whether or not to be vaccinated more from a scientific and rational point of view. Follow the trend or seek the role model power of idols. A survey published by the American Medical Association in 2011 showed that 70% of parents thought they would consider the advice of a pediatrician when considering whether or not their children should be vaccinated. Great influence.
Science and common sense, not just celebrity “examples”, are controlling the progress of vaccination. To speed up the vaccination process, the relevant authorities need to take a multi-pronged approach.