Kaiser Fung shares a Citizen Petition by a group of scientists against issuing a full approval to the vaccines:
The heart of the issue is about maintaining the standards of science. The authors of the petition explain their reasons. Fung’s reminder is simple:
Trust is a precious commodity. Once lost, it’s hard to earn back
Kaiser Fung joins Andrew Gelman to challenge that intuition:
That statement is true if there is nothing else in the system but X and Y. In any real-world system, there are more than two relevant factors.
Kaiser Fung opines, in the context of all the analysis re CoVID-19 vaccines :
The key lesson is if you don’t have experimental data, the data analysis gets a lot more complex (more stimulating, but also fraught with risk). The analyst must release full details of the analysis; otherwise, it’s impossible to evaluate its merit.