Everyone is getting terribly excited about the fact that one company did
not test whether its vaccine prevented transmission. I imagine the
company did not run double-blind experiments on whether the vaccine
turned your liver blue or purple or tartan, as well as a whole lot of
other questions that might conceivably be posed.
What they *did* test was a) whether the vaccine was safe; b) whether it
had a positive role in preventing the recipient getting covid. When the
answer to both those questions was positive, the vaccine was approved
If you accepted the vaccine *solely* on the basis that you were
protecting others, that is doubtless very noble and altruistic of you.
Whether it is sensible may be another question. Is your life worth
nothing? Is it right that the country should have to bear the cost if
you get sick or even worse, die? Does your family place a similar low
value on your life?
Incidentally, is this "The Tablet", which advertises itself as "A new
read on Jewish life", one of the recognised media or is it some kooky
rag that will publish anything just to get readers? The anti-vax stance
of Orthodox Jews is well-known; is the article you reference driven by
facts or by pandering to its readership?
Kendall K. Down