Those undecided about the coronavirus vaccine turn to advocates in the United States, Britain and Canada


London – A healthy and fit bodybuilder in England. Religious women from Canada. Conservative talk radio host in Tennessee.

Everyone chose not to be vaccinated against Corona Virus, despite living in countries where doses are plentiful. But after becoming very ill and ill, they have since expressed an overwhelming sense of regret and urged others not to make the same mistakes they did – just days before they died.

John Ayers, from the coastal town of Southport in England, loved hiking, camping and running. The 42-year-old has competed in ironman, triathlon and bodybuilding competitions. Four weeks before Ayers died of coronavirus in hospital, he had stopped to take pictures posted on Facebook Standing on top of the Welsh Mountains.

Written by his twin sister, Jenny McCann Twitter This week he said he was the “fittest and healthiest” person she’s ever known, but she made it clear that he had “a belief in his immortality.”

She said that the hospital did everything to save him, but he died as a result of the injury and organ failure.

McCann said Ayers, who was put on a ventilator, told a nurse shortly before his death that he “wish he had been vaccinated.”

These stories provide a window into the dynamics behind global inequality in vaccine distribution. Ayers’ story has received widespread attention in the United Kingdom, where some 88 percent of those aged 18 or over have had at least one shot, but officials are thinking about how to persuade sections of the younger population to get vaccinated, especially given that vaccinate children It proves to be very controversial.

The United States, where there are some 58 percent Of the total population received at least one dose, Canada where 70 percent You have, you’re facing similar problems even as regions like Africa and most of Asia struggle to get vaccine supplies at all.

In Canada, 33-year-old Katharina Gesbrecht, a follower of The Mennonites believed that she did not need to be vaccinated because God would protect her from the virus. “He knows what’s next, whether we die or not,” she said In an interview with CBC News, Canada.

Gisbrecht, who lives alone in Manitoba, said she fell ill in May, despite wearing protective clothing when leaving the house. She said she was afraid she would die because her breathing got worse, and eventually landed her in the hospital with pneumonia. Now, Giesbrecht says she’s since booked her vaccinations and wants encouragement Others are religious and reluctant to receive their doses as well.

“God has given us doctors for a reason, and medicines we can use to help us feel better,” Geisbrecht told CBC. Hospital officials from Boundary Trails Health Center, southwest of Winnipeg, where Giesbrecht received treatment, told CBC in June that nearly all patients admitted with covid-19 had not been vaccinated.

‘I should have gotten the damn vaccine,’ 39-year-old Michelle Freddy texted his fiancée, Jessica Dupres, shortly before his death of the Corona virus, which he placed in the intensive care unit last month.

Freddy wasn’t against vaccination, Dupres He told the Washington Post this week. But like many Americans who haven’t yet had their vaccines, a father of five wanted to wait and learn more about how people react to vaccines before getting vaccinated.

“I was getting a bad reaction to the vaccine because of having to bury my husband. Freddy’s fiancée, now an avid campaigner to get people vaccinated, told CNN.

In Tennessee, conservative talk show host Phil Valentine, who has publicly espoused his skepticism about vaccines, was hospitalized with the virus last month and his family says he was in a critical condition, requiring treatment on an ECMO machine – the last resort for Covid-19 patients whose oxygen levels remain low even in ventilators.

Phil would like his listeners to know that while he was never ‘anti-vaccine’, he regrets not having been more ‘Pro-Vaccine’ and looks forward to being able to vigorously defend that position once he’s back on air, we all hope soon Mark Valentine, brother of Phil books On Facebook, he urges the public to get vaccinated.

Only about 39 percent of Tennessee’s population has been fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in the country, according to The Washington Post. Keep track of.

One Tennessee legislator, Representative David Bird (right), had a similar conversion experience. Went from participating in Unmasked assemblies are placed on a ventilator for 55 days. After a harrowing eight-month battle with Covid, he is now urging his voters and other Americans to take the virus more seriously.

“It’s a disease that wants to kill us,” Baird said in a statement. “This is not an issue that should divide us.”

An increase in coronavirus cases in the United States due to the more transmissible delta variant has also caused infection A wave of impatience And even the anger from the Americans who shot them months ago, at those whose resistance will not budge. States are re-implementing mask requirements, companies are delaying their return to the office, and support is building more coercive ways to limit the spread of the virus, including Vaccine mandates.

A poll this week showed that more than half (53 percent) of unvaccinated adults said they believed vaccination posed a greater risk to their health than contracting the coronavirus. According to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation on Wednesday.

US officials have She said Cases primarily occur in unvaccinated populations.

In Italy, nearly 99 percent of those who have died of COVID-19 since February have not been fully vaccinated, according to the country’s National Health Institute. She said last week. data It found that the few fully vaccinated people who died of Covid were much older than those who died without getting a full course of vaccination, and had more underlying health problems before contracting the virus.

Meanwhile, Britain’s chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, said, She said Last month, 60 per cent of people admitted to British hospitals with coronavirus were not immune.

In Israel, where more than 60 percent of people have received at least one dose, there is a vociferous minority of so-called “rejectionists,” especially among Ultra-Orthodox communityAccording to the Ministry of Health Published data Thursday.

Although more than 4.36 billion doses of vaccine Globally managed, according to research organization Our World in Data, only 1.1 percent of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose – highlighting the deep social and economic divisions that remain in this pandemic.

But stories from—and about—former vaccine resisters may have the power to persuade others.

Ayers’ friend from England, Chris Downham, wrote on Facebook: “I was about to get vaccinated, thought I’d wait a year or so after all, I’m not sick and definitely won’t have any problems even if I catch COVID. I even posted on Facebook With that kind of feeling.”

“How wrong I was,” he continued. “I played hockey with John Ayers and I still can’t believe that the fittest guy I ever knew died from COVID. I expect he would do things differently if he had the chance.”

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