“In Italy something very serious is happening: on a subject where correct information is fundamental not only for the safety of the individual, but also for the public good, disinformation, incomplete and incorrect news, political exploitation is being done by masters “. This was written by the virologist of the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan, Roberto Burioni, in an editorial on the scientific information and dissemination site ‘MedicalFacts.it’, which he founded with reference to vaccines. “This, I repeat, is very dangerous for health for each of us and – more widely – for our country. There is a wicked communication of institutions and companies, at risk the trust of citizens”, he stresses.
“First, it is essential that young people are vaccinated. It is essential for them, because Covid-19 can have serious consequences (and we ignore what can happen in the long term) but it is equally fundamental for the whole community – Burioni remarks – It is now very clear that the most effective vaccines (on the others there are still no reliable data) are able to hinder transmission and it is undeniable that the vaccination of an individual also protects others by preventing the spread of the virus. This we must not forget. Vaccines, a miracle of science, they could allow us to return to our usual life. This cannot happen if we do not vaccinate young people as well “.
“Second, not all vaccines are the same. For some we have exhaustive data, for others we have less, for some (Chinese vaccines, for example) we have practically none. A vaccine, like any drug, carries risks – remembers the virologist – We have complete data for the most used vaccines (those with mRna) which indicate them as very safe, for other vaccines on the contrary the data are less available or when available they are in a form that is not particularly useful (see data from Gb, unfortunately aggregated and not separated by sex and age group). What may be good for a 70-year-old man may not be good for a 20-year-old girl. The data must be interpreted independently, without political or economic conditioning. and act accordingly “.
“Third – continues Burioni – being injected with a vaccine is an act of trust. When I agree to get vaccinated, I trust everything upstream. In these days, due to a wicked communication from the institutions and companies, this trust is being lost and in the void left by this intolerable inaction resound a thousand opinions, a thousand opinions, and even a thousand nonsense. It is good that everyone knows that we will not get out of this emergency if people do not get vaccinated, and it is good for everyone to know that people will not get vaccinated if they do not trust vaccines, regulatory bodies, pharmaceutical companies and institutions “.
“If people do not get enough vaccinations we will have only two alternatives: stay in this nightmare or force people to get vaccinated. I believe the time has come to do something extremely effective to regain people’s rightly lost trust in efficacy and safety of vaccines, because in this case the obligation would truly be a failure and a great complication “, concludes Burioni.