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COVID-19 vaccine is a vaccine that aims to confer acquired immunity against coronary disease 2019. There are several different vaccine technologies used to provide limited or total immunity against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19).
- Outbreaks of new viruses, such as the Wuhan Coronavirus, are a constant reminder of the need to invest in research in emerging virus biology and evolution, how they infect and interact with human cells, and ultimately, to identify safe and effective drugs to treat – or vaccines to prevent – serious disease.
- Connor Bamford (2020) cited in ""Mystery China pneumonia outbreak likely caused by new human coronavirus" on The Jakarta Post, 18 January 2020.
- Even before we knew it was a coronavirus, I said it certainly sounds like a coronavirus-SARS type thing. As soon as it was identified, I called a meeting of top-level people and said, 'Let's start working on a vaccine right now.'
- Anthony Fauci, as quoted in Not his first epidemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci sticks to the facts (March 8, 2020) by Denise Grady, The New York Times.
- What happens to the rest of the world? It’s as if the rest of the world will be forgotten... This is a vaccine that is needed by 8 billion people. What happens to poor people? What happens to poor countries who cannot afford to pay the prices that they’ll be charging in the rich countries? With social business, shareholders don’t want to make any profit out of it so no dividend is taken from the company and we can reduce the cost and produce anywhere.
- I believe that, ultimately, the only way to definitively eradicate the pandemic is to have a vaccine that can be administered to all inhabitants of the planet... The effectiveness of the upcoming vaccination campaign will depend on its universality. To ensure the availability of the vaccines to all people on the planet almost at the same time, it has to be free from ownership... It has to be freed from commercial interest.
- Declare COVID-19 Vaccine a Global Common Good Now.
- Campaign launched by Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus in July 2020 with the support of 19 Nobel Prize laureates, 112 former presidents, prime ministers, business leaders, artists and social activists, as quotes in Darnell Christie, "Nobel winners call for coronavirus vaccines to be available for all", Thomson Reuters Foundation, (29 June 2020)
- Today we envision a vaccine within two years, and for frontline health care workers, probably much sooner. It’s remarkable how fast science can happen when everyone is focused on the same problem. This devastating pandemic, with all its worldwide chaos and horror, has at the same time created a perfect alignment of technology, science, need, and opportunity. The global impact of Covid-19 could change science forever.
- Jane Metcalfe, as quoted in Covid-19 Is Accelerating Human Transformation—Let's Not Waste It, Wired (5 July 2020)
- We have a great responsibility towards our own population, but with the mutation that has now been found, we have an even greater responsibility for the rest of the world as well.
- Prime Minister of Denmark according to "Denmark to cull up to 17 million mink amid coronavirus fears" published November 6, 2020
- When ethically irreproachable COVID-19 vaccines are not available, it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process. ... The fundamental reason for considering the use of these vaccines morally licit is that the kind of cooperation in evil (passive material cooperation) in the procured abortion from which these cell lines originate is, on the part of those making use of the resulting vaccines, remote. The moral duty to avoid such passive material cooperation is not obligatory if there is a grave danger, such as the otherwise uncontainable spread of a serious pathological agent--in this case, the pandemic spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19. It must therefore be considered that, in such a case, all vaccinations recognized as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive. It should be emphasized, however, that the morally licit use of these types of vaccines, in the particular conditions that make it so, does not in itself constitute a legitimation, even indirect, of the practice of abortion, and necessarily assumes the opposition to this practice by those who make use of these vaccines.... At the same time, practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary. In any case, from the ethical point of view, the morality of vaccination depends not only on the duty to protect one's own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good. In the absence of other means to stop or even prevent the epidemic, the common good may recommend vaccination, especially to protect the weakest and most exposed. ... Finally, there is also a moral imperative for the pharmaceutical industry, governments and international organizations to ensure that vaccines, which are effective and safe from a medical point of view, as well as ethically acceptable, are also accessible to the poorest countries in a manner that is not costly for them. The lack of access to vaccines, otherwise, would become another sign of discrimination and injustice that condemns poor countries to continue living in health, economic and social poverty.
- Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Roman Catholic Church, “Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines”, (17 December 2020)
- [The vaccine's approval was] a huge British success story, [and] the single biggest stride that we've been able to take since this pandemic began.
- Hancock told the House of Commons according to Covid-19: Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine approved for use in UK posted December 30, 2020
- "Vaccine nationalism" could lead to a "protracted recovery" and vaccine hoarding would "keep the pandemic burning and... slow global economic recovery" and be a "catastrophic moral failure"
- WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking at the virtual Davos Agenda, to “Coronavirus: WHO criticises EU over vaccine export controls”, January 30, 2021
- How much have we missed going out with friends? With the green pass, doors simply open in front of you … We’re returning to life
- Commercial voiceover "Israel's 'green pass' is an early vision of how we leave lockdown" (March 1, 2021)
- I would recommend it, and I would recommend it to a lot of people that don't want to get it and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly. But again, we have our freedoms and we have to live by that and I agree with that also. But it is a great vaccine. It is a safe vaccine and it is something that works.
- Donald Trump, in Meredith McGraw (16 March 2021), Trump encourages Americans to get the Covid vaccine, Politico
- In order to achieve universal coverage of Covid-19 vaccines in the coming months, what we really need is for the US Government to sit down with China, Russia, the European Union, and the United Kingdom to allocate the ongoing global monthly vaccine production in a fair and inclusive manner, rather than having a few rich countries hoard a disproportionate share of the vaccines (and then dispose of many vaccines when they hit their expiration date.)
- Anti-science is arguably one of the leading killers of the American people, and yet we don't ... treat it as such. We don't give it the same stature as global terrorism and nuclear proliferation and cyber attacks."
- Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccinologist and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine,as quoted in “Analysis: Biden's COVID-19 strategy thwarted by anti-vaxxers, Delta variant”, by Jeff Mason, Julie Steenhuysen, “Reuters”, (July 29, 2021)
- Pandemic of the unvaccinated
- Phrase used to refer to stark gap in new COVID-19 serious cases and deaths among vaccinated versus unvaccinated people; discussed in Aaron Blake, Yes, it’s still a pandemic of the unvaccinated — arguably even more so now, Washington Post (February 3, 2022); Questioning a catchphrase: 'Pandemic of the unvaccinated', Associated Press (September 1, 2021).
- Despite the repeated warnings of health leaders, our failure to put vaccines into the arms of people in the developing world is now coming back to haunt us. We were forewarned – and yet here we are.
In the absence of mass vaccination, Covid is not only spreading uninhibited among unprotected people but is mutating, with new variants emerging out of the poorest countries and now threatening to unleash themselves on even fully vaccinated people in the richest countries of the world.
- Gordon Brown, “A new Covid variant is no surprise when rich countries are hoarding vaccines”, The Guardian, (26 Nov, 2021)
- If you take the vaccine, you're protected. Look, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you do get it, it's a very minor form. People aren't dying when they take the vaccine.
- Donald Trump, interview with political commentator Candace Owens, quoted in "Trump Tells Candace Owens That Covid-19 Vaccines Work: 'One Of The Greatest Achievements Of Mankind'", Forbes (Jan 6, 2022)