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More than fifty days ago, the first Coronavirus vaccine was approved for use by the UK’s Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

It is weird that the answers to these factual questions below do not appear to be in the public domain anywhere. I have listened to (and created transcriptions!) the public briefings, and read much of the documentation published by the Isle of Man Government online. I have also submitted these questions to various Members of the House of Keys, and more recently to the Isle of Man’s Department of Health and Social Care.

Still, I have not been able to obtain an answer to any of these questions.

  1. How many COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered to the Isle of Man so far?
  2. Have any vaccine doses on the Isle of Man gone to waste? That is, have any been disposed of, or otherwise not administered, to patients?
  3. The Minister has publicly said that there have been surplus doses in vials. How have these surplus doses been distributed to people? Who was selected for these extra doses, and how?
  4. What is the sensitivity and the specificity of the various COVID-19 testing processes on the Isle of Man? In other words, how many false positives and how many false negatives does each different COVID-19 testing process on the Isle of Man generate?

These questions should not be difficult to answer.

Michael Josem is a long-term consumer advocate, most prominently as a global leader in combating fraud in the online gambling industry. He was in part the inspiration for the 20th Century Fox Movie, Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Josem has over a decade of experience as a senior business leader working across various high-tech and online industries, and takes action to build a better community. His primary volunteer roles include service for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Graih, the homelessness charity.