According to VVD party chairman Klaas Dijkhoff, the discussion about whether or not to vaccinate against the coronavirus is “bizarre”. According to him, an obligation is not necessary, but he does think that everyone should get the injection as soon as it is available. “Choose yourself, but choose to do it,” he says during VVD-live, from Ede
Watching the second edition of @ VVD-live. The program includes the new election program, Klaas Dijkhoff about the economy, jobs and SMEs, Diederik Gommers about healthcare and the corona crisis and Mark Rutte and Tamara van Ark about the corona crisis, the measures and how to proceed. pic.twitter.com/ao4jF2F232
– Rob Duiven (@Rob_Duiven) November 21, 2020
“We should thank science for having it and stand in line for it,” he says of the promising vaccines that several companies are still working hard on. “Be glad that protection is there, and protect each other as well.”
Dijkhoff says he understands that people want to know how it is possible that the pharmaceutical industry is already so advanced with a vaccine, while it normally takes years. But he points out that an abnormal amount of work has been put into this in recent months.
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“Never before so many resources for vaccine”
“The whole world is a potential victim, the virus is spreading like crazy, the economic damage to society is enormous,” says Dijkhoff. “I don’t think there has been so much pressure, so much resources and so much will to come up with a vaccine before.”
Party colleague Hayke Veldman said during a corona debate in the Lower House last week that he can imagine that it will have consequences if people do not get vaccinated. However, such an “indirect duty” met with much opposition from other parties.
Klaas @dijkhoff said he understands that people wonder why the pharmaceutical industry is already this far with the development of vaccines. “I don’t think there has been so much pressure, so much resources and so much will to come up with a vaccine before.” #Once…
– Edward Drogeham ☥ (@edwarddrogeham) November 21, 2020
“Frikandellen, no vaccine”
Someone on Twitter makes a comparison between eating frikandelles and not getting vaccinated: “You’ve been eating frikandelles all your life. But you refuse to be vaccinated because you don’t know what’s in it. ” A separate metaphor, but someone else thinks it’s a “good point, to be honest.”
Good point, to be honest. #vaccination #vaccination #antivaxx https://t.co/XKYrZUE33Y
– Jackles (@dutchjackles) November 21, 2020
Another responds to this, and indicates that she will only be vaccinated if she knows what a vaccine contains.
I know what’s in frikadellen and I eat them. And when I get vaccinated, I also want to know what’s in it
– Karin Dekker (@Kaatzzz) November 21, 2020
“Top of aso”
Still, many people find vaccination important. For example, Koen compares the corona vaccine with the polio vaccine. “Try to think for a moment what would happen if only 70% of the population were vaccinated with the polio vaccine. Because, hey, no one can oblige us. ”
One Twitterer even calls not vaccination “the pinnacle of ASO”.
Try to think for a moment what would happen if only 70% of the population were vaccinated with the polio vaccine. Because, hey, no one can oblige us. (In Belgium, a vaccine against polio is compulsory, and there are reasons for this).
– Koen Lemmens (@UwDienstwillige) November 21, 2020
Not getting vaccinated remains the pinnacle of ASO.
– Christine (@Xtien) November 21, 2020
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