Podcaster Lex Fridman sat down with Vincent Racaniello – a virologist, immunologist, and microbiologist at Columbia to ask the question that’s been on all our minds…
Are mRNA vaccines safe?
Racaniello seems like the perfect candidate for this question…after all, he is a co-author of the textbook Principles of Virology and co-host of This Week in Virology podcast.
Are mRNA Vaccines Safe?
The video has had over 170,000 views on YouTube as of September 12, 2021.
So, are there long term negative effects?
Fridman points out that he puts Splenda in his coffee and it has supposedly no calories, but it tastes really good…he hasn’t seen any proof that it’s harmful, but points out that it tastes too good for there not to be long term consequences. “This thing tastes too good. It’s too good to be true. There’s no free lunch in this world. This is the kind of feeling that people have about the long term effects of the vaccine,” Fridman explains.
Fridman captures the common modern day tight rope walk perfectly. We’re all using smart phones, social media, sweeteners, energy drinks, etc. with our fingers crossed that we’re going to be okay. Now we’re adding new vaccine bio-technology to that list.
“If you’re concerned about long term, then you have to do a long term experiment. Maybe you don’t see something for 50 or 60 years. So if someone says to you there are no long term effects of the Covid vaccines, they can’t say that because they haven’t done the long experiment, right? There’s always the possibility but you have to weigh it. There’s no free lunch, right? There’s always a risk benefit calculation you have to make,” Racaniello explains to Fridman.
He then explains the history behind the problems with the Polio vaccine. And, then pivots to what needs to happen today and the risk involved with taking any vaccine. The conversation closes with him admitting:
“We’re not gonna know for 40 years.”Vincent Racaniello, virologist
The elephant in the room is that we don’t know if it’s safe, but in the words of Racaniello “it’s a risk I’m willing to take.”
It’s a refreshingly honest conversation to hear in the middle of a time when it seems like secret police listening to every word and scanning every social media post. Problems have to be identified and conversations like this need to be had. You can’t ignore problems and expect a flood not to come (Coronavirus and Jordan Peterson‘s Psychology of the Flood).