One, two, three


Steve A. Wiggins

The danger of statistics is that they turn an individual into a number. A few days ago an article in the New York Times addressed the rare blood clots that some women develop after receiving the Johnson and Johnson covid vaccine. The response of the cited physicians was telling. Many praised the decision to halt use of the J&J vaccine immediately. Others, however, point to the numbers. If a vaccine is halted many more could be exposed to and contract Covid-19. It is better, they aver, to take the statically smaller risk and use the vaccine. While I understand the logic here, I do wonder if the side effects occurring primarily in women has anything to do with the reasoning. Why not save this vaccine for the men instead?

This raises once again the specter of consciousness. Statistically the odds are small that a woman will develop a clot. What…

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