KeithPratt wrote:In a time of crisis, governments often need to move quickly without bureaucracy. The UK Government could be accused of cutting corners in its vaccine strategy. But a global pandemic that threatens to destabilise countries and economies is a different matter altogether.
Europe abides, in the main, by the precautionary principle where everything is tested thoroughly before it can be used. In many situations, this is a worthwhile and thoughtful philosophy. In others, it could be argued, it is not. This is one of those situations.
In fact, I agree that the EU needed to act much faster and is continuing to fuck up by being so scared of active risk that they are massively multiplying passive risk with potentially terrifying consequences. More or less for the reason you mention with an added twist of political cowardice and all round incompetence.
But, if the AstraZeneca vaccine had turned out to be another thalidomide, and it could have done, I don't believe anyone here would be arguing that the British government had done the right thing.
It's not a simple matter. Geezee's comments were intelligent and thoughtful, whether you agree with them or not. Yomp's were not.