LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Vaccination Is The Only Mantra To Fight COVID

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has ruled out a lockdown in Goa. Lockdown is only a short-term measure that causes long-term economic hardships. We must understand that COVID-19 will not go away anytime soon. As soon as we let down our guard, it will pop up again. And there are many new strains. Today the poll-bound states are COVID-free. Are they? Be sure, there will be a surge of infections in those states after the results are declared. Coming to Goa, as soon as we opened up, COVID cases rose. But we have to open up or else the poor will starve. So the only mantra is to mask up and vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate.

ROBERT CASTELLINO, CALANGUTE

Provide Alcohol Meters To Cops

I recently asked a traffic policeman at Dona Paula why clearly intoxicated tourists are not being checked for alcohol consumption while riding two-wheelers, as I find them driving recklessly all over the Panaji city. The reply from the policeman was that their instruments are not working and if they penalise somebody, the law goes against them, as proofs cannot be provided in court. Although all of us know that many of these tourists are causing disturbances, police are helpless. There are neither the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on our roads nor do the cops have alcohol meters. When will our police have the tools they require?

STEPHEN DIAS, DONA PAULA

Post-Vaccination Deaths A Cause For Concern

Though by and large the advent of vaccination has brought about relief to people, it is still disturbing that in the United Kingdom, of the over 18 million so far vaccinated with the AstraZeneca shot, 30 patients have developed blood clot of which seven deaths have occurred. In Germany too, of the over 2.7 million jabs of the same vaccine that has been administered, 31 cases of blood clotting have resulted in nine fatalities. Though these figures seem small, still they are significant. Another unfortunate incident that occurred is the mix-up of AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in a manufacturing facility in America. Such goof-ups are distressing. However, the bright streak is that the m-RNA Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have lived up to high expectations. Despite these setbacks, all the world leaders, scientists and researchers who directed, developed and implemented the ‘warp speed’ methodology for emergency development of the various vaccines, have to be eulogised for making vaccines available is such prompt and speedy manner. In hindsight, it should be emphasised that pharmaceutical companies around the world should leave no stone unturned in order to, with due diligence, eliminate side effects to the minimum possible. Looking back, the companies should feel that they gave their best shot possible to save mankind from this horrible pandemic.  

ELVIDIO MIRANDA, PANAJI