Note: Here in the USA, vaccination is nudging out abortion as a medical/political football. Jabber? Meet Wocky. Upside? Meet Down. You can abort your baby, but if born, you no longer have the right to make medical choices that carry serious risk.
The women's empowerment movement, which is all about choice and protecting one's own body, has thrown mothers, daughters, sisters, nieces under the bus when it comes to vaccination. Should we really trust "experts" Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician, technically a medical "expert" is at the heml as in California? By encouraging doctors to run for office and funding their campaigns, pharma has the perfect combination weapon to impose the purchase, sale and use of its goods - vaccines. Perhaps politicians could think for themselves, not just with the lobbyist whispering in their ears and lining their coffers whether an MD or not.
Medical experts, not politicians, should decide whether vaccination should be mandatory or not, EU health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told reporters on Thursday (21 November), adding that the only relevant objective is to reach maximum coverage.
Andriukaitis was speaking at the launch of the Health at a Glance report, which compares the performance of national health systems across Europe.
Vaccination stole the show at the event, which saw the Commissioner pressed by reporters to answer questions about the ongoing debate in Italy.
According to Andriukaitis, whether to opt for voluntary or mandatory vaccination is an artificial discussion that is “absolutely useless”, repeating his earlier claim that the only relevant issue is how to reach a maximum level of vaccination coverage.
The Lithuanian Commissioner cited the example of the Netherlands, which guarantees a very high level of coverage using a fully voluntary method.
“We can use different or even a combination of schemes,” he said, adding that it is up to epidemiologists, medical doctors, scientists and immunologists to suggest which instrument is more effective. Read more at EurActive.