“Our best way out of this long-term mess is clearly vaccines,” said John Oliver. “These vaccines can save not only your life, but also the lives of the people around you, and it is really disheartening that just a few months after the vaccine is launched, we are already at this point. And the problem is, for the coronavirus, the herd immunity threshold would be between 70% and 90% of the population, but a survey found that while 60% of American adults have received – or want to get – the vaccine, and about 18 percent say “maybe” and 22 percent say “no”. “
Sadly, there has been a lot of false information circulated about vaccines, which has not killed exactly anyone to date, including by popular libertarian podcaster Joe Rogan. So Oliver devoted almost all of his Last week tonight on Sundays to fight disinformation.
“If you think, Yeah, I’m not sure I’ll need it. Joe Rogan says I’m probably fine. That’s right: you might not get seriously ill from COVID – or actually sick at all – but you could still inadvertently pass it on to someone who could then die, ”Oliver said. “And before I say, ‘Well, vulnerable people should just get vaccinated,’ the vaccines are only 95% effective… so they’re probably going to be fine, but maybe not. Also, the more the virus circulates, the more likely we will see mutations that make it more dangerous, which may help it escape the vaccine altogether, bringing us back to square one, so take the fucking vaccine. !
Oliver went on to address “the disturbing amount of reluctance to get vaccinated right now,” including the fact that 30% of Republicans said they wouldn’t get it – in part thanks to people like Rogan and Tucker Carlson. from Fox News, who asked, “If vaccines work, why are vaccinated people prohibited from leading normal lives?” … So maybe it doesn’t work, and they just don’t tell you?“It’s really strange to see someone host a show on a supposed news network and end each sentence with a question mark, especially when the answers to most of these questions are available to anyone who wants to know.” Oliver explained, adding, “Just because the CDC still recommends wearing masks indoors around vulnerable, unvaccinated people doesn’t mean the vaccine doesn’t work. Clinical trials have shown that vaccines are spectacularly successful in preventing people from contracting serious illness. As to whether they protect you from the spread of the virus, the tests were not designed to assess that, but evidence so far has indicated that they significantly reduce transmission. The reason we’re still seeing mask and distancing recommendations is because the CDC is careful and wants to be sure they don’t spread bullshit during a global pandemic like an iced dinner with a TV show. (Carlson is the heir to a frozen dinner fortune and wore a bow tie all over.)
Then Oliver tried to dispel many of the myths that were circulating about COVID-19 vaccines. For one thing, and I can’t even believe we even had to fix this, Bill Gates didn’t put microchips in vaccines (the odd billionaire trying to microchip people is Elon Musk, which also foolishly pushed misinformation about vaccines). The COVID vaccines were some of the most rigorously tested in history and were able to be released so quickly because researchers have been working on vaccines against other coronaviruses for years and performed a bunch of steps simultaneously that would typically have been done sequentially. MRNA technology does not enter the genome or alter your DNA (it cannot because it operates far from the nucleus of the cell), it does not contain any aborted fetal cells and does not affect your pregnancy. (During the trials, several of the women became pregnant – and the only person who suffered a miscarriage received a placebo).
“Stop listening to what Joe Rogan is telling you, he’s a ‘fucking jerk’ – and those are his words, not mine,” Oliver offered.
Further: “No side effect of the vaccine is worse than the alternative – COVID. “