Fintan O’Toole: Those who did what they were told on vaccines now feel like eejits

Vaccine programme has left people in their 60s exposed to the Delta variant

If you make people feel foolish for obeying the authorities in a crisis, they will be less inclined to do so when the next one arrives. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

If you make people feel foolish for obeying the authorities in a crisis, they will be less inclined to do so when the next one arrives. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The German chancellor Angela Merkel, who is 66, has just received her second dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Her first dose was AstraZeneca. Her second was Moderna. She is lucky she is not Irish.

In Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Miss Prism explains the ultimate outcome of her long sentimental novel: “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”

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