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Covid-19 vaccines: Safety is top priority, but what is safety?

It is a matter of weighing benefits and risks and finding a right balance after doing due diligence

A child in Pakistan getting the polio vaccine. The writer says that perhaps we should use our current low-transmission breather to get vaccinated against Covid-19, when the treatment is available in Singapore, so that we can emerge stronger.
A child in Pakistan getting the polio vaccine. The writer says that perhaps we should use our current low-transmission breather to get vaccinated against Covid-19, when the treatment is available in Singapore, so that we can emerge stronger.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Would you take the Covid-19 vaccine, if it's available?

With the announcements of three Covid-19 vaccines achieving excellent rates of effectiveness, that is the question everyone is asking themselves.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 28, 2020, with the headline 'Covid-19 vaccines: Safety is top priority, but what is safety?'. Print Edition | Subscribe