Hoping a vaccine for this virus isn’t far away
I know I'd be on a hiding to nothing appealing to the diehard antivaxxers who have been angrily opposing the lockdown and finding the present crisis an inspiration to seek yet another conspiracy theory to share. But there are plenty of others who aren't naturally distrustful of expertise and leadership who might be swayed by their misinformation.
Here is a point to consider: the lockdown was a nightmare for the antivaxxers.
As a nation we have achieved the remarkable feat of effectively eliminating the Sars-CoV-2 virus from our population. Good scientific advice, political leadership and trust all playing important roles, buying us time to explore the next choices.
There appears to be two distinct paths in our future relationship with the virus. One is to gain herd immunity by exposure to it, and evidently see a lot of our vulnerable people suffer terribly and maybe die, and our economy continue to tank as we try to mitigate the effects.
The other is to hope that the efforts to develop a vaccine will produce a result in the relative near future that will be available to inoculate those of us who are willing. A much preferable outcome for everyone who isn't afraid of vaccination, but a particularly thorny issue if you've chosen to see vaccines as evil sorcery.
The antivaxxers' determined opposition to the lockdown is likely motivated by an eagerness to avoid whatever negative effects they imagine vaccination entails while ignoring the terrible suffering that those in New York, Stockholm or Lombardy have faced on their first small steps along the involuntary path to herd immunity. For the antivaxxers this is somehow a reasonable tradeoff. My fears versus your granny.
I suspect the “motivated reasoning” of a signed-up antivaxxer will find flaws in my logic, but you might excuse me, as the special insights available to them seem intriguingly inaccessible to the rest of us.
I trust that most New Zealanders hope as I do that, having achieved elimination, vaccination isn't too far away.