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The Trust Issue

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I'm hearing a common narrative in this forum that most to all scientists employed by pharmaceutical companies and testing vaccines are competent, hard-working professionals who are working for the betterment of humanity. I don't think that questioning this notion makes somebody an irrational cynic or a loony conspiracy theorist.

Let me put it this way. I like my neighbors. I assume the best in them and treat them with respect and kindness. But I'm not about to give them access to my bank account, credit card number, or front door key. Even with good-hearted people, I'm going to draw some boundaries. If they feel entitled to or demand access to these things, I'm not going to trust them any more. That doesn't make me a conspiracy theorist. It makes me a sensibly cautious person.

I'm sure that a lot of passionate, talented individuals go behind vaccine development. There is nothing wrong with going to work, developing vaccines, or even making money from it. But if pharmaceutical companies are conducting safety studies on their own products (or funding or ghost-writing said studies) and lobbying my elected officials for the promotion and mandatory consumption of their products, then no, I'm not going to trust them to have my own or my children's best interests in mind. That's too much trust to place in somebody, like handing my house key and credit card number over to my neighbors. That doesn't make me a conspiracy theorist. It makes me a sensibly cautious person.

You see, you can can both assume the best and leave wiggle-room for the worst. You can live with one foot in idealism and the other foot in caution. I just feel like there's so much black-and-white thinking in this debate and wanted to introduce a level of gray. :smile

How much trust do you place in the drug companies? If you're skeptical, what would help build your trust--not just in drug companies, but in the vaccine program at large?
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I place very little trust in most corporations.
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I don't believe vax/pharma companies fart rainbows.  I do believe that it's good profitable business to put out safe products, and that most vax/pharma companies have a vested interest in doing so.

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Originally Posted by Turquesa View Post

 But if pharmaceutical companies are conducting safety studies on their own products (or funding or ghost-writing said studies) and lobbying my elected officials for the promotion and mandatory consumption of their products, then no, I'm not going to trust them to have my own or my children's best interests in mind.

 

I agree!

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