It’s always darkest before the dawn
Singapore announced yesterday it “will begin charging Covid-19 patients who are unvaccinated by choice.” Germany refused a lockdown despite Covid cases cracking all-time high. Isreal wants you to take the booster shot if you want to keep that vaccination passport.
Unlike the first and second Covid waves, when national governments bent them into pretzels to save the residents, the current response felt slightly different.
Countries have become tired of the unvaccinated
Frustration is boiling over because the fourth wave that is crashing the world is nurtured and accelerated by the unvaccinated.
Developed countries pumped billions to protect their economy from getting ravaged by the pandemic. They fought with each other to stockpile vaccines. Some countries booked enough doses to vaccinate two to three times the population, only to watch millions remain unvaccinated.
“We are currently experiencing a pandemic mainly among the unvaccinated and it is massive,” Germany's health minister Jens Spahn said at a press conference, stressing that intensive care units across the country were starting to run out of beds once more.
In Germany, 56 million (67%) of the population is fully vaccinated, leaving just 27 million on the other side. Despite the high level of antibodies available in society, Germany’s Covid cases have surged past the last peak. The less than 30% have helped the country break the record set by 100%.
The Singapore government is moving in aggressively because the unvaccinated people “make up a sizeable majority of those who require intensive in-patient care and disproportionately contribute to the strain on our healthcare resources.”
Singapore, Germany, and most developed countries, except the United States, have a centralized healthcare system. Everyone pays money into the system, as insurance or as tax. In return, the system offers health cover to the entire society.
So, what happens when a small portion of the society decides to tax the entire system because they believe in information shared on Facebook and…