For this week’s blog, I’m going to get uber-serious on your collective asses! So strap yourselves in!
Now, before we go any further than this, I just want to say…
I’m NOT an anti-vaxxer.
That’s not what this post is about, and I don’t really want to get into that as a subject. This is a post about something different.
Here’s a little food for thought for you. This past November we saw the launch of the new latest games consoles from two of the biggest companies in the world.
In the white corner…
Yup, that’s the PlayStation 5 from Sony.
That’s the Sony Corporation – a company valued at $45 BILLION!
Their new console has been out 2 weeks after YEARS of extensive development, and already we’re seeing these kind of news reports…
Meanwhile, over in the black corner…
The XBox Series X from Microsoft.
That’s Microsoft – worth in excess of $1 TRILLION (yes, you read that right!)
And again, they released this console after years of development, and a swift Google tells you this…
Now, my point here is NOT to take a swing at the issues that these consoles are having upon launch, but to point out that these HUGE corporations ploughed VAST amounts of cash into developing these consoles, and spent millions on marketing, advertising and distribution…
…and the things are still NOT PERFECT on the launch.
Which is fine. These are electronic goods, and anyone who has spun around the sun a few times could have foreseen these issues. New products almost ALWAYS have teething problems. Bugs that will only be found when the product hits a wide user base who test the item in ways that the developers likely never foresaw.
I think you know where I’m going with this by now.
Here’s another headline for you…
Now, I’m not disputing that the world needs a Covid vaccine.
Ask any of my friends, and I’ve said all along that this would be the endgame. A vaccine was ALWAYS an inevitability. While science at large can’t cure the common cold, Covid was something that had HUGE consequences on the world. Huge death tolls and economic disaster.
The company who has the name on the drug that fixes this problem is going to be famous forever.
Maybe that’s just me being cynical, but it’s true. We’ve seen a RACE the past 12 months between pharmaceutical giants and academic bodies to be the ones that cure the pandemic.
Anyway, the key words in that sentence are ’12 Months.’
Don’t get me wrong, Pfizer is a big company…but can they pull off in LESS THAN A YEAR what the two big tech giants couldn’t with years of prep?
Can they create a product that performs flawlessly from day one?
And can they create enough stock to fulfill demand without production and supply issues?
Colour me skeptical.
The issue for me…
I WANT a vaccine. I want it in the worst possible way.
I miss life. I miss going out to dinner. I miss the cinema. I miss theatre. I miss going swimming, seeing friends, seeing my work colleagues…
But am I confident enough in a drug that’s been in development for a relatively short period of time and that we can’t be sure what the long term side effects may be?
It’s one thing to have some software glitches in your console. Or an issue on your new car that needs a recall. Or a spelling mistake in a new book.
These things happen.
With the best will in the world, they are unavoidable.
But a vaccine is something different. This is something that you will be pumping into your body and hoping for the best.
The facts are that some of the smartest people in the world have been working on a way to get our planet back to normal. Multiple scientists working at multiple companies and universities in order to find a solution to this pandemic that has held the world hostage since March.
Competition can be a good thing. It can drive us to new heights of achievement.
But I worry about the other aspect to all this…
While I’m positive that the scientists are all in on this for the betterment of mankind, what about those companies?
That is often the bottom line in all this. Too many companies have ploughed too much money into this research to be left at the bottom of the pile. Too many governments are paying too much money to get those drugs that will save their economies.
Greed can lead to cutting corners.
And THIS is one area where you do NOT want to be cutting corners.
The optimist in me wants these miracle drugs to work. I want life to return to normal, and I do not want to see reports years from now about tragic side effects.
The truth is that the world CANNOT wait much longer for this vaccine.
But…the pessimist in me doesn’t want to be a first adopter. I’m happy to wait a little while longer to make sure that when I DO have that vaccine pumped into me, it’s as safe as it can possibly be.
I got books to write!!!!
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