Don’t Delay a Vaccine to Allay Fear

Don’t Delay a Vaccine to Allay Fear

Don’t Delay a Vaccine to Allay Fear

By Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution
The WSJ says much the same thing just with a slightly different flavor: …this regulatory rigmarole is essentially a placebo to reassure the public it will be safe to get inoculated. The ‘we must delay to allay’ argument is deadly and wrong. First, we should not let public policy be guided by the most risk averse, fearful, and scientifically illiterate among us. Letting the fearful lead is a recipe for stagnation, mediocrity, and eventual collapse.
Second, there is no guarantee that the risk averse, fearful and scientifically illiterate will be convinced by extra FDA investigation and there is plenty of evidence that they won’t be. Dozens of well-done studies have found no link between vaccines and autism. The scientific evidence that vaccines don’t cause autism is very strong. Yet many people don’t care. Moreover, I bet there is a significant overlap between those who think or fear that vaccines cause autism and those who fear a COVID vaccine. Will a few weeks of extra FDA investigation win these people over? No. More science won’t end science denialism.
article date: 2020 12 05
posted: 2020-12-06 19:31:40
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