According to Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa, Spain will create a registry of people who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine.
“What will be done is a registry […] of those people who have been offered it and simply rejected it,” Illa said on Spanish television.
Maria Jesus Lamas, head of Spain’s Medicines Agency, also said on a radio program that the registry would be used “to understand the causes behind declining the vaccination” and that they would keep the names of individuals anonymous.
Despite the claims that Spain will neither make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory nor publicize the registry, the potential problems of keeping a list in the first place are legion. Even some healthcare professionals in Spain are expressing their concerns.
“The most important thing is to know how the registry will be used. If it’s for public health purposes, to better understand COVID, and it’s anonymous, that’s one thing. But if it’s ‘I’m now on the list of the bad people,’ that’s another thing. We don’t think a registry should be used to infringe on liberties, or for employers against people,” said Jose Luis Cobos of the Spanish General Council of Nursing.
Spain began vaccinating its population on Sunday with the vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
Big League Politics previously covered a story in which a local news outlet warned its male viewers to consider freezing their sperm prior to vaccination:
Biden COVID Advisor Paid to Sponsor Mask Brand Claimed Product “Deactivates” Coronavirus
This could represent a serious ethics violation.
An incoming Biden White House coronavirus advisor promoted a brand of mask he claims “deactivates” coronavirus, claiming on his personal podcast that Livinguard masks offer more protection to their wearers than other products.
There should be an immediate federal ethics investigation of incoming Biden covid advisor @ASlavitt for his claim that a mask he was pitching (for money, see below) “deactivates” the coronavirus—with no disclaimer about claims not being evaluated by FDA. pic.twitter.com/v5lnr3jZZh
— Zac Bissonnette (@ZacBissonnette) January 19, 2021
“All masks can curb the spread of COVID-19. Why I like the Livinguard masks, and why I wear them, is because they actually deactivate coronavirus thanks to their incredible patented technology that’s been shown to mitigate the spread of microorganisms like bacteria and viruses.”
Slavitt confirmed that Livinguard is a “sponsor” to him, in some capacity.
This awesome mask / sponsor we’ve been wearing & talking about on #InTheBubble has given us permission to give away 100 on Twitter! Antiviral Technology, washable and reusable. In the comments by 8/21 just mention your 3 fave episodes+follow @livinguard if you want to qualify pic.twitter.com/guQJpPaj4v
— Andy Slavitt @ 🏡🇺🇸 (@ASlavitt) August 19, 2020
Livinguard masks can be washed and reused, and they sell for as much as $30 on the company’s website. Various manufacturers of facemasks have made claims of health superiority as it pertains to their product.
Slavitt’s claim about the masks is not evaluated by the FDA, and the questionable nature of his claims could potentially incur the scrutiny of the health organization.
The former Obama administration official’s claim that the masks “deactivate” COVID is highly questionable. Experts generally agree that masks are more effective at preventing asymptomatic carriers from spreading the virus than they are in protecting the wearer from it, and Slavitt’s language implies the material of the mask is more effective in neutralizing COVID molecules than other fabric and cloth surfaces. Such a claim would represent a dramatic development in the fight against COVID, and it’s very likely the material would be adopted en masse to deter further spread of the disease.
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