(Big League Politics) – Chinese health authorities have instructed their people to continue wearing face masks and social distancing even after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
The message was relayed by Zeng Yixin, director of the Chinese State Council’s vaccine research group. He said that vaccinated people should still keep washing their hands, social distancing, and wearing a mask, because no vaccine provides 100 percent protection.
China has begun an emergency vaccination program that will take place throughout the winter and prioritize high-risk groups, particularly those who work in healthcare, customs, public transportation, and others whose jobs require contact with large numbers of people.
Reportedly one million people have already received the vaccine as part of China’s emergency program.
Prepare for US health authorities to tell us the exact same thing, dear reader. It would not surprise me if they were to advise continued mask-wearing and social distancing until a great majority of the country is vaccinated, which could be several months or perhaps a year (or more) from now.
In other vaccine news, Big League Politics recently reported that those unfortunate enough to develop severe side effects from a COVID-19 vaccine will not be able to sue for damages:
The US government has granted Pfizer and Moderna immunity from liability in case people develop severe side effects from their COVID-19 vaccines.
The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act allows the Department of Health and Human Services to provide liability immunity for “certain medical countermeasures,” such as vaccines, except in cases of “willful misconduct.”
According to CNBC, someone who develops severe side effects from a COVID-19 vaccine can neither sue the FDA for authorizing the vaccine, nor one’s employer for mandating it.
And although it is theoretically possible to receive money from the government to cover lost wages and out-of-pocket medical expenses following “irreparable harm” from a vaccine, only 29 claims—6 percent of all claims—have received compensation over the past decade.