Yuja’s been vaxed

Yuja’s been vaxed


norman lebrecht

April 13, 2021

From the pianist Yuja Wang:

Excited to go into a new week fully vaccinated. 💉
I know many of my friends all over the world are still waiting for theirs and I feel very fortunate that the vaccine is available to so many New Yorkers already. Many thanks to everyone who contributed their time and talents to make this possible, it feels great to do something that not only protects others but also will help us get back to connecting with each other in person. I hope you all have a good week!



  • Rob says:

    Good luck!

  • John Borstlap says:


    I hear from my fly on the wall that her agent hopes she will now be able to play even faster than before.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Good for you, Yuja! My wife and I got the jab a few weeks ago, and it feels liberating, even though we continue to mask up and practice social distancing.
    – best regards from Greg

  • yujafan says:

    hope she does not suffer any side effects

  • Karl says:

    What happened to the needle that they used? Is someone selling it on ebay? I want it! I bid $300.

  • Alexander T says:

    Wow! This has made my day!

  • May says:

    Yuja is a fantastic pianist, but she sure craves the limelight. So many people are desperate for attention, so they post photos of themselves getting jabbed. She is perfectly healthy and is not at risk. Has she forgotten all of the photos she has posted showing her working out? Fear is what drives most human beings. At this point, classical musicians should not be afraid of any virus, but of getting people back into the concert hall. That is going to be the greatest challenge going forward. Sports fans will flock back to their stadiums, but a huge number of classical fans are complacent and have gotten used to not leaving their four walls. Getting poked with a needle is not going to magically turn the clock back.

    • Marfisa says:

      The main purpose of any mass vaccination program is to eliminate the disease altogether. Do you know nothing about the history of smallpox, for example? I recommend you read this: https://www.cdc.gov/smallpox/history/history.html

      A secondary purpose is to stop large numbers of people becoming seriously ill and overburdening the hospitals, or dying and overfilling the morgues.

      Celebrities who post photos of themselves being vaccinated are not desperate for attention; they do it to counter the antivax brainwashing that goes on in social media.

      If you are not afraid of the virus, perhaps you should read about what is happening in Brazil at this moment: e.g. https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/brazils-covid-19-crisis-and-jair-bolsonaros-presidential-chaos

      I have an elderly acquaintance who refuses to be vaccinated; she says “Once everybody else is vaccinated, it will be safe for me to go out.” How stupid and illogical can you get? Vaccination is not just for keeping yourself safe (though even young healthy people can get very ill with Covid-19); it is to keep everybody safe and allow life to be more normal — and concert halls to be filled with lovers of classical music.

      • Greg Bottini says:

        I am in total agreement with your comment, Marfisa.

      • Petros Linardos says:

        Totally right. I don’t want to think how many lives would have been saved if Trump had been vaccinated with fanfare and campaigned about it as intensely as he did about the election fraud myth.

      • May says:

        This mass vaccination program is quite different than the example you provide, namely smallpox. Smallpox was a devastating disease and it is quite astonishing that humans were able to eradicate it. Covid-19 is different. Yes, it is deadly, however if you got it, and you had symptoms worse than a nasty flu, then it should be a real wake-up call that you need to take better care of yourself. Although that will strike most people as being callous, the truth is that Covid-19 does not kill healthy people. Healthy people do not require a vaccine against it, however we’ve been inundated with scary stories to the extent that we’ve been led to believe that we can eliminate Covid-19 by mass vaccination. Seeing Yuja Wang posting a photo getting jabbed disappoints me, because we’ve been duped in believing that concert halls will only reopen once people are vaccinated. Because we had gotten so overweight and out-of-shape and idle and eat crap, we are not no longer prepared to fight off disease, and we have out-sourced our health to pharmaceutical companies, instead of taking better care of ourselves.

        • Marfisa says:

          May: you are quite wrong that “covid-19 does not kill healthy people”. It does. Certainly far less often than it kills the elderly or people with health conditions, but often enough to be alarming. I urge you again to consider what is happening in Brazil, where “Research suggests more than half of patients being treated in intensive care last month were under 40”. (See links below)

          The covid-19 virus mutates fast in an unvaccinated or under-vaccinated population, producing new strains that behave in different ways. It is almost impossible to stop these new variants spreading worldwide.

          You do not seem to understand the science behind vaccination. The more people who are vaccinated, the less chance the virus has of spreading and mutating. If ‘young healthy’ people are persuaded that they don’t need to be vaccinated, the virus will never be brought under control, and we will never get back to normal life. It is not about the individual; it is about human society.

          You are right that smallpox (and other poxes) are different, since a single vaccination in a lifetime is enough for them. Covid-19, like ‘flu, will probably never be wholly eradicated, and yearly shots will be needed to prevent further serious epidemics.

          I do, however, agree in general with your last sentence.

          Links: https://www.forbes.com/sites/joewalsh/2021/03/26/more-young-people-are-dying-of-covid-in-brazil-heres-why/?sh=3d0dee867b3e


      • Hayne says:

        BTW Marfisa,
        The mRNA shots do not meet the medical or legal definition of vaccines. They are in fact gene therapy, a medical device. So why are they labeled vaccines? You can figure it out…

        • Marfisa says:

          Hayne: sort of true, up to a point …


          But I guess you believe nothing that CDC says, because it is a government agency.

          • Hayne says:

            CDC accepts millions from big pharma and other corporate interests every year. Conflict of interest? Nah.
            The CDC owns 56 vaccine patents and distrubutes 4.6 billion dollars of vaccines annually. Hey, no problem.
            Julie Gerberding was the head of the CDC from 2002 to 2009. She left the job to become president of Merck’s $5 billion dollar a year vaccine division.
            There’s PLENTY more of this kind of corruption. One could say the CDC is really a vaccine company.
            Of course I don’t believe anything they say until I research it. Duh.
            The question should be is, “Why do you believe anything the CDC says, because it is a government agency?”

          • Marfisa says:

            Hayne – By “I research it” do you mean “I work in a laboratory and have hands-on knowledge of current developments in vaccines”? Or perhaps you mean “I search the internet for views that confirm my biases” — which is what most of us do anyway (even if we try not to). So it is my bias against yours.

          • Hayne says:

            Hey, don’t believe me. You can easily find info from thousands of reputable doctors, epidemiologists and scientists who dispute the CDC on many things. You didn’t dispute any of the few things I wrote. You are not entitled to your own set of “facts.” Your “bias” against my “bias” is a lame equivocation fallacy. That you refuse to recognize the CDC as a corrupt institution even when presented with facts (believe me there is SO MUCH more) says a lot about your (and many others) denial of reality. I really don’t care except for the fact you people vote. Sorry…

      • Karl says:

        We have been vaccinating people for flu for decades and we still have flu. Vaccinations are not going to rid the world of covid. Like the flu we are going to have to learn to live with it.

        • Saxon says:

          Actually, a sensible comment.

          Vulnerable people are going to have to be vaccinated regularly, just like getting the flu vaccine. For healthy people, the risks are small (but there is some risk) and hence no real need to take the vaccine every few months.

          Even an extensive vaccine programme will see outbreaks of covid in the future.

      • Some smallpox history:

        Vaccinations became mandatory in England in 1853, and by 1857, fines and imprisonment awaited people who refused to be vaccinated against smallpox. Soon afterwards, massive epidemics began to occur. According to official figures of the Register General of England, between 1857 and 1859, there were over 14,000 deaths from smallpox. Then, between 1863 and 1865, there were over 20,000 smallpox deaths. A few years later, there were almost 45,000 smallpox deaths between 1870 and 1872. According to official estimates, as recorded by Anne Riley Hale in her. “The Medical Voodoo” (Gotham House 1935), over 97% of the population had been vaccinated. Official British government documents from the early 1900s indicate that, as more people were vaccinated against smallpox, more people died from it.

        Japan adopted compulsory vaccinations in 1872 when they had only a few cases of smallpox. By 1892 they had the largest smallpox epidemic in their history with 165,774 cases and 29,979 deaths.

        Australia banned the smallpox vaccine after some children were killed by it, and in the following 15 years in unvaccinated Australia there were only 3 cases of smallpox.

        The smallpox vaccine was discontinued in the United States after Dr. Henry Kempe reported to Congress in 1966 that fewer people were dying from the disease than from vaccination.

        These are just a tiny fraction of the available facts, not “feelings” about the history, and the longterm effects of, vaccines.

        Then there is this:

        The CDC was founded in 1946. The WHO was founded in 1948. Vaccines (created by huge, trillion dollar, drug companies) have been used en masse since the 1950s. Anthony Fauci has been the United States “health expert” since 1984. In the decades since the founding of these “health” organizations, cancer has skyrocketed, autism has skyrocketed, diabetes has skyrocketed, autoimmune diseases have skyrocketed, obesity has skyrocketed, gender dysphoria has skyrocketed.

        In general, every illness and disease has skyrocketed since the founding of these “health” organizations. The CDC and WHO are private corporations with official sounding names. The CDC is a vaccine company that holds vaccine patents and sells about $4.6 billion of vaccines a year. The WHO is partly owned by the Rockefellers, Bill Gates, and the drug industry (indirectly through massive donations). Drug companies make money from sick people, not healthy people. Recalled drugs (Vioxx, opioids, anti-depressants, etc.) that have killed hundreds of thousands of people were once approved by the FDA.

        While drug company profits have skyrocketed, so have diseases. If one is healthy, drug companies do not make money. If the drug companies do not make money, the TV companies do not make money. It should be evident who the mainstream media are supporting.

        The yearly flu season pandemics are not really pandemics. In every single instance, they were not even pandemics, but much ado about nothing disease mongering to sell vaccines. Diseases, like wars, are manufactured for profit.

        Behind the news anchors, behind the paediatricians, behind the medical doctors, behind the TV personalities, behind the corrupt bureaucrats and politicians, are the drug companies (vaccine manufacturers) directly or indirectly paying their salaries. The drug companies stand to make billions from these fabricated disease pandemics. Disease-mongering has been ongoing since 1796—when the first smallpox vaccine was introduced by Edward Jenner.

        • Marfisa says:

          The usual SM combination of disinformation and half-truths assembled from carefully selected internet sources. I hardly know where to start.

          On Henry Kempe and the discontinuation of childhood vaccination against smallpox in the USA, try reading


          One quote: “In September of 1971, the Public Health Service issued its historic recommendation to discontinue routine smallpox vaccination in the U.S. In embracing this recommendation, however, the medical community was careful to stress that smallpox was a unique case: its vaccine was particularly virulent; its epidemiological profile favored vaccination of contacts rather than herd immunity as a strategy of containment; and, due to the tremendous efforts of the WHO campaign, the disease was on its way to total global eradication, its exclusively human reservoir shrinking by the month. Routine vaccination, all these articles were careful to stress, was being recommended against in this particular instance but not as a general strategy.”

          A long thoughtful article putting much of what you say into its real context.

    • Minnesota says:

      Your comment is nonsense, and you show no understanding of what vaccination is about. The hospital COVID wards are filling up in different areas of the country with many more younger patients who are vulnerable to the newer variants of the virus. If you are one of the unlucky ones who become a long-Covid patient (look it up) then you will really regret it.

    • BRUCEB says:

      She’s a performing artist. Her job — not an easy one, and one she worked hard for — is to play the piano in front of large crowds of total strangers. It’s no surprise that she loves the limelight.

      “At this point, classical musicians should not be afraid of any virus, but of getting people back into the concert hall.”

      I think you mean this particular virus; there are plenty of viruses out there that musicians, and everyone else, should be afraid of.

      Also, you make it sound like musicians should be afraid of getting people back into the concert hall. Again, I suspect this is not the point you intended to make, but that’s OK.

    • MacroV says:

      She presumably has a decent Twitter following, some of whom might follow her example, which would be good. And it never hurts for a person of some fame to give a shoutout to the people who are administering the vaccines. It’s classy and gracious.

  • Guest says:

    Not funny, especially given the surge in racist violence against Asians.

  • Karl says:

    No – pangolin pie.

  • hsy says:

    Go follow your President’s advice and drink some bleach. If it couldn’t cure COVID like many Americans claim, at least it can cleanse your mouth.

  • Music lover says:

    You should be banned.

  • Karin B. says:

    Miss Wang misses no opportunity to show off her body and put an unnecessary promotional text on the net.

  • Tiffany Poon says:

    wait, this is the same Yuja that cried racism a year ago when forced to undergo a bit more security screening in Canada? hmmmmmm. HMMMMMM