I saw the movie Contagion last night — it's good, but chilling. You are at the mercy of viruses that are evolving far faster than we are, and our lives depend on the luck of our genetics, the random permutations of recombination in pathogens, a bit on our efforts in hygiene and social practices, and a great deal on science supplementing our immune systems. We're one strong pandemic away from a breakdown of the social order, and we rely on science and vaccinations to help protect this tasty giant petri dish of human meat we call planet Earth.
So I'm not too sympathetic when the Edmonton Sun asks a stupid question.
Asking for "trust" is silly, too. I don't trust anything absolutely, but I provisionally trust the science behind vaccines. I think they're just trying to encourage doubt with the phrasing.
(Also on FtB)
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