Don’t Take an Expert For Granted

Debunking a statement by an expert

Chuan Hiang Teng
4 min readJul 24, 2021

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M​y attempt in critiquing this article is to point out which part I agree to be scientifically true and which part I think either needs further investigation or is simply not scientifically grounded. I will also point out if the intention is politically motivated.

Firstly, every person when communicating has the objective of sharing an opinion with the intention to persuade or instruct depending on the tone of the message. No one has absolutely no intention when we say something to another. In this context I will make my case about what the article is saying and what the people involved in the article are trying to achieve. All the players in the article including the author have motives and their motives can change knowingly or unknowingly. They all have objectives and maybe some are ulterior.

The first point I would like to assert with respect to the article is the comparison between using traditional vaccine to be safer for children (under the age of 12) than mRNA vaccine. Safer in this context means lesser long term side effects compared when administered. According to this scientific publication, “How does a mRNA vaccine compare to a traditional vaccine?” by the Vanderbilt Institute of Infection, Immunology and Inflammation, explained that there are several advantages of producing mRNA vaccine but not really mentioning any side effects comparing the two. Nevertheless, it gives us a quick oveview of the two vaccines types to build our basic understanding to appreciate differences better.

Building from the above basic understanding, this research paper by Penn Medicine however has more scientific results about the potentiality of side effects of mRNA vaccines. It mentioned quite specifically that mRNA vaccination for children is not recommended because there is no such trial yet. Upon further investigation there are also many different types of traditional vaccines used for children according to this article. Judging from these three articles with a mixed or both scientific reporting and generally scientific based reporting, we can conclude that mRNA vaccines is not recommended for children compared to the use of traditional vaccines. If we assumed that the “killed vaccine” technology to mean the inactivated vaccine such as flu and…

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Chuan Hiang Teng

Philosophy is love of wisdom and wisdom of love, and I’m a lover of wisdom. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tengchuanhiang/