There are few more inspiring events than a major medical breakthrough. Almost overnight, a new discovery removes the fear of a previously terrifying disease. Formerly vital precautions rapidly become obsolete. Life in general is easier and happier. Again and again, over the past two centuries, human ingenuity and determination have conquered or driven back many scourges. Those who have cast doubt on the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, especially among EU leaders jealous of British independent success, now look rather foolish as the research comes in But amid any such triumph, there are also problems. Victory, even over a disease, brings its difficulties While it is almost impossible now even to imagine the world before penicillin, there are people still living who remember when tuberculosis was a death sentence for many, or when smallpox still raged in many parts of the world. Our defeats of sickness are events at least as great in world history as the military victories over tyrants and would-be invaders which we also rightly celebrate. So the whole country should be feeling a glow of satisfaction over the amazingly rapid development of vaccines against the Covid virus, and the growing evidence that these immunisations are providing very high levels… Read full this story
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