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If diversity is our strength, how do you rationalize Islamic extremism??? It’s a diverse point of view...but one should not hide behind the proclamation “a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian”...why

Diversity is our strength....let’s see...Jews or Muslims...time to choose Justin...but he won’t...he’ll say he takes the situation very seriously, they are watching it closely, and call for important

I don't get Fox News so I never watch it.  I have, of course, seen short clips.  I do get CNN but can't watch it because I find it falls into your "sewer pipe" characterization above.  I think it

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49 minutes ago, deicer said:

Him giving advice on virology and the pandemic is like me giving advice on aviation after my 4 decade career.

Not quite.

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9 hours ago, seeker said:

Not quite.

More similar than you think.

I still feel more comfortable taking advice from those who spend their whole career specializing in certain aspects of medicine.  Not to say that your GP doesn't have a greater pool of knowledge to delve in to.  They just don't have the background to make sweeping statements about the subject like this guy has.

I still will stick to the official experts to give advice.

Living in Peel, we see what our provincial government has done by ignoring the experts.  I am happy to say that our local 'expert' Dr. Loh, has had the stones to stand up to the province and use his powers to shut schools and businesses because of the highest infection rates in the province.  He had the same information as Ford, but we all know how that played out.  Also, once he made the call, it was interesting how fast Toronto and other municipalities followed suit.

Those are the experts I will follow, not some yootoob warrior.

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He was a doctor.  I'd like to emphasize, was...

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56922517

Stephen Karanja: Kenyan anti-vaccine doctor dies from Covid-19

A Kenyan doctor who became a vociferous opponent of Covid-19 vaccines has succumbed to the virus, weeks after saying the jabs were "totally unnecessary".

Dr Stephen Karanja, chairman of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, advocated steam inhalation and hydroxychloroquine tablets.

He clashed with the Catholic church over the safety of Covid jabs.

Health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) rejected his claims.

What did Dr Karanja say about Covid vaccines?

In a letter dated 3 March Dr Karanja said that "there are drugs that have been repurposed and used effectively to treat Covid-19," adding that "we also know that vaccination for this disease is totally unnecessary making the motivation suspect."

 

He went on in different forums to advocate alternative treatments, including steam inhalation and a cocktail of drugs - including hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin, which have not been approved by the WHO to treat Covid-19.

Dr Karanja, who was an obstetrician and gynaecologist, died on Thursday a week after he was admitted to hospital suffering from complications caused by a Covid-19 infection.

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It seems to me that we are unable to even define stupid now. That's at the heart of issues that are issues that shouldn't be issues and never previously were issues.

When you explain this stuff to village elders it forces you to say it out loud. Far better to recuse yourself and plead the simple soldier defence.

If nothing else, it makes you look smarter than liberals and the worst they can say is that you set low standards for yourself.

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Don Martin: Being Jason Kenney is the worst job in politics today

Published Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:48PM EDT
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is asking Albertans to follow guidelines amid soaring cases in the province.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the province will open vaccines to children 12 and up on May 10.

OTTAWA -- As former Alberta premier Ralph Klein used to say, the secret to being a successful politician is to figure out which way the parade is going and jump in front of it.

So spare some pity for current Premier Jason Kenney as he tries to straddle two marching bands of public opinion, which are on a nasty collision course over his handling of the pandemic.

In short, Kenney is failing spectacularly in every direction he’s turned – and the result has been the fastest infection surge anywhere in North America coupled with Canada’s loudest public revolt against overdue restrictions to curb the outbreak.

It’s a uniquely tricky business bordering on mission impossible to govern Alberta even in good times, where voters are happiest with the least amount of government in their lives.

As one rural MLA noted many years ago, “My folks think that painting a yellow stripe down the middle of the highway is too much government interference.”

But mix an oil industry meltdown with enterprise-killing lockdowns and hospitals near the breaking point and you create the perfect storm of angry opposition.

Closing down businesses, schools and rodeos has sparked outrage and defiance in rural areas, where COVID-19 is not spreading as quickly.

But by heeding the cries of the United Conservative Party’s rural base to go slow on restrictions, the Kenney government has infuriated cities where soaring third-wave infection rates are swamping intensive care units.

Kenney’s challenge has been complicated by an internal revolt of his own MLAs, some still smarting from the absorption of the Wild Rose Party to create the United Progress Conservatives, who have taken a very public stand against restrictions they deem excessive.

During a long news conference on Wednesday, a weary-eyed Kenney shrugged off the internal dissent as merely a welcome exercise in democratic debate.

Sorry, but attacking public health measures designed to save lives is not up for debate and Kenney really needs to send a no-nonsense signal this is not tolerated with a mutineer expulsion or two.

I digress.

The point is that, in just the last few weeks, Premier Kenney has simultaneously infuriated the entire province, divided his own party and created the continent’s worst health care crisis. That’s quite the dubious accomplishment.

And it will get worse when the three weeks of enhanced restrictions end at the precise moment Kenney projects the hospital system will buckle if case counts continue to soar. In other words, the lockdown will be extended.

All this has, not surprisingly, cratered his party and personal popularity in the polls.

THQ pollster Marc Henry’s latest tracking has Kenney’s approval ratings in a freefall to levels rarely seen in true-blue Alberta amid clear signs of an NDP government on the comeback.

“If the current hastened decline in support for Kenney and his government continues on this trajectory through the summer and into the fall, his position as the leader of a party inching toward an election in 2023 could be untenable," Henry told me Wednesday.

There is personal blame for this mess to be shouldered by Kenney.

Whispers from informed sources say he mostly listens to himself or a small band of senior staff on pandemic and other policies to the exclusion of experts and his own MLAs.

And by flicking the switch on and off lockdowns, being slow to act when there should’ve been forceful action and tolerating backstabbing from his own side of the legislature, Kenney often gives the appearance of a hesitant gopher trapped on the TransCanada Highway.

Now, to be fair, credit Alberta for moving in the right direction on multiple pandemic fronts.

The new restrictions match most other hard-hit provinces and should, if the public respects them, reverse the spike.

The vaccination push in places like meatpacking plants make perfect, if not overdue, sense.

And being the first province to open up vaccination to anyone over the age of 12 beginning Monday is a bold step toward getting back to a new normal.

For most premiers, the pandemic has proven to be a soul-destroying exercise which was unimaginable when they applied for the job. There’s no precedent. There’s no playbook. And every hopeful sign of a way out gets sideswiped by the next wave.

But for the usually-cagey Jason Kenney, trying to juggle a rural base of support with an urban outbreak of infection has been particularly toxic.

The only parade he seems to be leading is straight into the jaws of electoral defeat.

That’s the bottom line.

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Absolutely the right thing to do, short-term.

The world will not be free from COVID-19 without a plan that includes vaccinations for all nations.

From Al Jazeera:

‘Monumental moment’: US backs COVID vaccine patent waivers

World Health Organization chief welcomes US announcement that it will support waivers for coronavirus vaccines.
5 May 2021

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed a decision by the United States to back intellectual property waivers for coronavirus vaccines, calling it “a monumental moment” in the fight against the deadly virus.

WHO Executive Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday commended the Biden administration’s support for waiving intellectual property rights as an example of “leadership to address global health challenges”.

New polls show G7 populations back sharing vaccine know-how

Will rich countries lift waivers on patents for COVID vaccines?

MSF (Doctors Without Borders), urges rich countries to back COVID vaccine patent waiver
US to back intellectual property waiver at WTO for COVID vaccines

US President Joe Biden has faced increased pressure to back a World Trade Organization (WTO) proposal to waive the patents, a move that would allow more countries to manufacture much-needed COVID-19 jabs.

“Now let’s all move together swiftly, in solidarity, building on the ingenuity & commitment of scientists who produced life-saving #COVID19 vaccines,” Tedros tweeted.

    This is a monumental moment in the fight against #COVID19. The commitment by @POTUS Joe Biden & @USTradeRep @AmbassadorTai to support the waiver of IP protections on vaccines is a powerful example of 🇺🇸 leadership to address global health challenges. pic.twitter.com/3iBt3jfdEr

    — Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) May 5, 2021

Biden, who has overseen a rapid distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the US, has faced growing calls to do more to support global vaccine equity and share the country’s vaccine supply with other hard-hit nations.

Dozens of countries, as well as human rights groups, former world leaders and public health experts, have ramped up their calls for the patent waiver in recent weeks amid a deadly COVID-19 surge in several countries.

In a statement earlier on Tuesday, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said Washington would engage in negotiations with the WTO on the waivers.

“Those negotiations will take time given the consensus-based nature of the institution and the complexity of the issues involved,” Tai said.

Over the weekend, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain had said Tai would hold talks with the WTO “on how we can get this vaccine more widely distributed, more widely licensed, more widely shared”.

Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna, reporting from Washington, DC, said Biden faced pressure from members of his own Democratic Party to back patent waivers for the vaccines.

“It is something that President Biden had promised during his campaign,” Hanna said. “However, since he’s come to office, there has been a great deal of pressure as well on the other side, from many pharmaceutical companies, not to carry through this waiver.”

He added that the WTO, which operates on a consensus basis, must now get together to negotiate a text that all the member countries would have to agree to.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of work … before this becomes a reality. But the Biden administration decision is something that gives this immense momentum,” Hanna said.
Global call for waivers

In October of last year, South Africa and India submitted a request to the WTO to waive intellectual property rights on vaccines and other medical technologies needed to combat the coronavirus. More than 100 other countries have since supported that call.

“Given this present context of global emergency, it is important for WTO Members to work together to ensure that intellectual property rights such as patents, industrial designs, copyright and protection of undisclosed information do not create barriers to the timely access to affordable medical products,” the October letter reads.

https://www.jazeera.com/news/2021/5/5/monumental-moment-us-to-back-covid-vaccine-patent-waivers

The demand for waivers has grown in urgency as several countries, including India, are dealing with devastating COVID-19 surges.

In April, non-governmental organisation Doctors Without Borders called on wealthy nations “to stand on the right side of history and join hands with those in support” of the patent waiver.

After the US announcement, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) said waiving patents on COVID-19 vaccines was “the wrong answer” to a complex problem and called for more technology transfer agreements, the Reuters news agency reported.

“Waiving patents of COVID-19 vaccines will not increase production nor provide practical solutions needed to battle this global health crisis. On the contrary, it is likely to lead to disruption,” the IFPMA, which represents research-based pharmaceutical companies, said in a statement.

But others welcomed the Biden administration’s move, with British Labour Party MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy calling on the UK government “to get behind an IP waiver to speed up vaccine rollout in low-income countries and limit the chance of new variants emerging”.

Julie Fischer, an associate research professor at Georgetown University Medical Center, said at the current rate of vaccine distribution, it is going to take most lower-income countries about two years to get most adults inoculated against COVID-19.

“The question is whether the waiving of these intellectual property rights would address this as quickly as everyone would like to see,” Fischer told Al Jazeera.

She explained that countries with the ability to manufacture the vaccines would also need manufacturing facilities, access to raw materials, and the expertise needed to manufacture doses safely in a short time.

“There is an opportunity to see what we could do to ramp up current vaccine manufacturing capability more effectively and to share doses more equitably from high-income countries to low-income countries, including through the COVAX facility,” Fischer added, referring to the WHO vaccine distribution programme.

Source: Al Jazeera

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We are not all in this together, and we never were

 

  • Calgary Herald
  • 6 May 2021
  • CHRIS NELSON Chris Nelson is a regular columnist for the Calgary Herald.
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Despite those endless, syrupy homilies emerging from the mouths of politicians and their health-care sidekicks, we were never in this together.

So, at least now, when the divisions between us all are exposed to be the width and depth of the Pacific Ocean, we can ask one small mercy and ditch forever this supposedly feel-good bromide that instead simply adds insult to ignominy.

It's hard to even start listing the divisions. They were present from the moment COVID-19 made its unwelcome touchdown in our province last March, the 14 months since bear the seeming hallmark of eternity.

Some had secure jobs, many did not; big box stores did just fine while mom and pop businesses were shuttered, governments promised this but delivered that; health experts told us to forgo masks then told us to don them; Ottawa declared stopping foreign flights to Canada would be racist and then suddenly announced such a ban. (Then failed miserably to enforce those very restrictions.)

We were told to expect more vaccines per citizen than anywhere on earth, but when push came to shove we discovered the first big batch wasn't arriving after all because we'd done a deal with China, a country essentially holding two of our citizens hostage.

But nowhere was the split and lack of unity as obvious than here in Alberta. And no one has become the living embodiment of that sad state than our province's 18th premier, Jason Kenney.

How much those last 14 months have drawn his strength and weakened his political power was evident Tuesday when he announced the decision to place Alberta into severe lockdown mode again.

He didn't have much choice, not with the province sitting atop the North American table for most COVID-19 cases per capita and with a cacophony of medical folk warning the health system was collapsing.

Yet, this will simply inflame the division, because many people, most of whom would have voted for Kenney's party at the last election, will continue to thumb their collective noses at any rule affecting them and instead blatantly disregard all strictures as part of some illusionary fight for freedom.

Throughout, the premier attempted the impossible — forge a middle ground in a province where few cared for compromise.

The various public service unions have been belligerent from the COVID get-go while the Opposition luxuriates in demanding everything be closed down and then turns on a dime and calls Kenney a coward when he actually does so with the legislature.

But that was expected.

More damaging was the knife in the back from 18 members of his own caucus who publicly attacked the rather middling measures the premier had put in place in a vain attempt to placate both sides.

Politics is a blood sport and when the lesser lights suspect the big boss is bleeding, the knives come out. The subsequent damage done far exceeds anything the Opposition has inflicted.

Kenney rode to power by joining together the old Wildrose supporters with the PC bunch under a new United Conservative banner. It was a triumph of political dexterity and hardnosed realism — doing otherwise risked another term of NDP governance.

But bringing everyone into a big tent works fine if things go well and there are favours to bestow. The collapse of energy pricing delivered the first blow before the pandemic followed with what could well become the knockout punch.

Will Kenney survive until the next election? Does he even want to try? The strain must be enormous as support from both the public and party weakens daily.

There remains one hope — a rapid and successful vaccination campaign, tied to a rebound in energy pricing.

Both are possible, though a betting man would want long odds before wagering on such an outcome.

And as for Alberta itself? Heaven knows if we can heal these divisions.

Perhaps once we would have, but that was back in those days when we truly were in it together.

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On 5/2/2021 at 1:05 PM, Kargokings said:

Alberta has become one of the hot spots for COVID-19 in Canada during this third wave of the pandemic

Only in the minds of Politicians and Journalists because the refuse to look at anything other than infections

It should be noted that death rates in Alberta are DOWN

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You would think getting good information in the information age would be easy. Instead it's exhausting.

Here's a short read on false positives (I found interesting) for anyone so inclined:

https://www.icd10monitor.com/false-positives-in-pcr-tests-for-covid-19

Case counts are up here, but how many of the daily reports were false positives, how many have symptoms, how many of last weeks positives developed symptoms, how many needed hospital care, what percentage of those who did required ICU support?  We have 9 people in the ICU.... that's it. Why is the surge capacity so low and what happens if there is a zombie problem of similar proportion next year? Have we learned anything?

I have lots of questions but there are no answers to be found. These seem like simple bloody questions that any 10 year old would ask.... why do the answers require a team of researchers? Opinion and propaganda abounds though and Karens with opinions are a dime a dozen. This is exactly like asking Karen what sectors of the economy she will trade for hitting 2030 emission targets. She has nothing.... just noise.

The next fool who utters the words "flattening the curve" gets smelly cheese rubbed in his face. And until you start answering direct questions with direct answers I only have two words for ya.

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In this politically correct and diverse country we live in.....and since we love statistics....do you think we will have stats to broken down into categories such as:

Pre-existing conditions

obesity

Ethnicity

living conditions (ie number of family members/individuals under on roof)

NOT LIKELY!!!

Although, you can get a rough idea when you look at the numbers coming out of areas of the GTA.

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Further to Fido's point above...Alberta's daily COVID deaths are approximately 1/10th of what they were in January of this year. Further still, Alberta has more people FULLY vaccinated than any other province...with the exception of Ontario. 3 times the full vaccinations of BC & twice the number of Quebec.

https://covid19tracker.ca/vaccinationtracker.html?fbclid=IwAR2yVav-PXK3dzpB3cEBNCZ7SYDtadpXU10_BGoHKAoT3N-EG0YpvwbJ14g

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2 hours ago, FireFox said:

Further to Fido's point above...Alberta's daily COVID deaths are approximately 1/10th of what they were in January of this year. Further still, Alberta has more people FULLY vaccinated than any other province...with the exception of Ontario. 3 times the full vaccinations of BC & twice the number of Quebec.

https://covid19tracker.ca/vaccinationtracker.html?fbclid=IwAR2yVav-PXK3dzpB3cEBNCZ7SYDtadpXU10_BGoHKAoT3N-EG0YpvwbJ14g

Latest update:  links.bellmedia-ctv.mkt4301.com/servlet/MailView?ms=MzMzMjU2OTIS1&r=MjkwNjE0MTI1MDM0S0&j=MTk0MzMzMTQxNAS2&mt=1&rt=0

 

However like a lot of news reports, since they did not get the day of the month correct, (showing tuesday may 7 .... rather then the correct Friday May 7), who knows how accurate the information is.  😀

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Hello Kk,

I believe my point is valid...Alberta...and Kenney in particular gets a bum rap. I was referring to fully vaccinated. Alberta has fully vaccinated more people so far than two larger populated provinces, BC & La Belle Province.

Not a minor point, but one the Media seems to gloss over.

Cheers!

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5 minutes ago, FireFox said:

Hello Kk,

I believe my point is valid...Alberta...and Kenney in particular gets a bum rap. I was referring to fully vaccinated. Alberta has fully vaccinated more people so far than two larger populated provinces, BC & La Belle Province.

Not a minor point, but one the Media seems to gloss over.

Cheers!

Let's not forget the numbers from Ontario..... who recently requested military aid . I do agree re Kenney etc. However now that the gates have been opened for those under 30, I just hope the vaccine supplies can deliver. 

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And about bloody time this was done.....

COVID-19: Calgary police arrest 2 church service organizers for violating new court order

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Calgary police arrested two people on Saturday who officers said were in violation of a new court order obtained by Alberta Health Services that enforces “mandatory compliance of public health orders for gatherings” as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

AHS obtained the Court of Queen’s Bench Order — which applies to gatherings including protests, demonstrations and rallies — on Thursday.

“This order imposes new restrictions on organizers of protests and demonstrations requiring compliance with public health orders including masking, physical distancing and attendance limits,” police said.

On Saturday, police said they enforced the order by serving it to organizers before a church service to ensure that attendees would follow public health orders.

“The service organizer acknowledged the injunction but chose to ignore requirements for social distancing, mask-wearing and reduced capacity limits for attendees, and continued with the event,” police explained in a news release.

Officers arrested and charged Artur Pawlowski and Dawid Pawlowski with organizing an illegal in-person gathering — including requesting, inciting or inviting others to attend an illegal public gathering —  and promoting and attending an illegal public gathering.

Police said it recognizes people’s desire to participate in faith-based gatherings and the right to protest, but “as we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic, we all must comply with public health orders in order to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being.”

“We continue to ask those who may be considering organizing or participating in any outdoor events to ensure they are familiar with public health order requirements and to do their part to prevent further spread of the virus,” police said.

As of May 5, faith service attendance limits in Alberta depend on how many active cases of COVID-19 are in the area. Areas with high case counts are limited to a 15-person limit. Areas with lower cases are limited to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance.

Police did not name the church they attended but Artur Pawlowski has been linked to Street Church, located at 4315 26 Ave. S.E., also known as the Fortress (Cave) of Adullam.

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States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH and TODD RICHMONDyesterday
 
 
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — States asked the federal government this week to withhold staggering amounts of COVID-19 vaccine amid plummeting demand for the shots, contributing to a growing U.S. stockpile of doses.

From South Carolina to Washington, states are requesting the Biden administration send them only a fraction of what’s been allocated to them. The turned-down vaccines amount to hundreds of thousands of doses this week alone, providing a stark illustration of the problem of vaccine hesitancy in the U.S.

More than 150 million Americans — about 57% of the adult population — have received at least one dose of vaccine, but government leaders from the Biden administration down to the city and county level are doing everything they can to persuade the rest of the country to get inoculated.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said Friday that the federal government has dedicated $250 million for community organizations to promote vaccinations, make appointments and provide transportation.

He cited examples such as holding conversations with small groups of people in minority communities in St. Louis and asking Rhode Island churches to contact community members and offer them rides to vaccination sites. He also noted that a global Hindu American organization has turned temples into vaccination centers, making it easier for elderly members to get shots in a familiar setting. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has added a vaccination site in which people can get their shots in a Formula 1 garage near the race tunnels.

The Biden administration announced this week that if states don’t order all the vaccine they’ve been allotted, the administration will shift the surplus to meet demand in other states.

In another sign of the burgeoning national surplus, Biden announced last week that his administration would share the nation’s entire stock of AstraZeneca doses with the world once it clears safety reviews.

The huge supply and dwindling demand has highlighted the vast inequalities during the pandemic, with countries like India buckling under a disastrous surge of the virus and other nations having no doses at all. At the same time, wealthy countries like the U.S. are awash in vaccine, and seeing cases and deaths plunge as a result.

The federal government allocates vaccines to each state based on their population size, and then it’s up to the states to decide how many doses they want to order every week. Early on, states routinely asked for the full allocation —- and were clamoring for more shots — but now they are scaling back requests.

Wisconsin officials have asked for just 8% of the 162,680 doses the federal government had set aside for the state next week. Julie Willems Van Dijk, the state health department’s deputy secretary, acknowledged earlier that demand is softening and vaccinators are drawing down existing inventories before ordering more doses.

In Iowa, officials have asked the federal government for 29% of that state’s allocated doses next week. Kansas officials asked for less than 9% of their 162,000-dose allotment this past week. Counties have been turning down doses as demand plummets, leaving the state with a stockpile of almost 647,000 doses.

Melaney Arnold, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health, said the state has five weeks’ worth of doses on hand. Last week, state officials for the first time requested fewer doses than allotted because of declining demand. The state plans to request just 9% of its allotted doses for everywhere but Chicago for next week.

Connecticut has requested 26% of its allotment for next week. South Carolina plans to order 21% of its doses.

North Carolina has scaled back its request for the past week by 40%. Washington state also cut its order by about 40% this week, the first time the state’s order has been smaller than its allocation.

Not everyone is dialing back. Maryland and Colorado are still ordering their full amount. So is New York City. The average number of daily shots in the nation’s largest city has dropped about 40% since peaking at more than 95,000 in mid-April, but city officials want a steady supply of doses to create more shots at doctor’s offices, neighborhood pharmacies and other small providers, hoping to appeal to people who have skipped mass vaccination sites.

“We’ve got the demand to keep using our supply effectively,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Health experts have generally said about 70% of the nation’s population would need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity. The Biden administration wants to get 70% of adult Americans vaccinated by July 4, but has acknowledged the downward trend in vaccinations and the challenge to win over people who doubt the vaccine’s effectiveness or simply don’t want to get shots.

The president announced Tuesday that federal officials will expand smaller and mobile vaccination clinics for hard-to-reach communities and push education campaigns. He also has touted incentive programs, such as discounts for shoppers who get vaccinated at grocery stores.

North Carolina health officials are considering paying younger people to get shots. West Virginia has announced people between the ages of 16 and 35 will be eligible for a $100 savings bond if they get the vaccine or have gotten it. Detroit officials started a program Monday to pay people $50 for every city resident they sign up for a first dose and bring in for an appointment.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement at Johns Hopkins University, said he wasn’t “despairing” over the slowing of demand.

“Herd immunity is not necessarily a moment when the music plays and the sun shines,” he said. “It is about how easy it is for the virus to pass around in a community, and I think there is a lot more progress to be made. People who think, ‘Well, we are done with the large stadiums, so that is it, we are not going to vaccinate any more people’ are wrong. You can vaccinate a lot of people if you make it convenient for them, if you get it to their doctor’s offices, if you answer their questions. But it is going to take a different type of effort to do it.”

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For example, we know that in Alberta 78% of people who died of COVID-19 were battling three or more underlying medical conditions, and a quarter of those who died were battling cancer at the same time. Only 2.5% of the deaths were among people who faced no underlying conditions – and that figure includes people in their 90s.

Another example: As of Friday, out of the 180,177 Ontarians aged 20-39 who have tested positive for the virus, 55 people in that age cohort have died of it. This means the case fatality rate for Ontarians in their 20s and 30s is 0.03%.

 

This is an excerpt from an article that looks at the American and the Canadian response to Covid. We have been misled, the reaction mishandled, and citizens mistreated. The lockdown strategy may have worked initially, but to repeatedly go in and out of lockdown is nuts...federal spending will have severe consequences and the economy will take years to recover.

We just returned from Florida for a mental health break (vaccinated before we left and tested negative, so spare me the judgements about being “safe” and not listening to the turd and tam) and glad we did. Life goes on....people down there wear masks, respect distancing and make their own choices on how to live. Vaccination and testing sites were everywhere....even in grocery stores that had a pharmacy! We did a drive up testing site checking out the pcr requirements for our return....they said you may as well take the rapid test while you’re here...we had the results 15 minutes later!! Both tests were free, unlike the $450 we paid up here. There was no constant 24/7 lectures from turd, bogoch, tam, njoo, hadju, tory et al tellin us to wash your hands, wear a mask, distance, don’t go anywhere, don’t talk to people, do this do that.....there is actually other news in the world other than Covid!

People in this country should wake up and realize Covid is not going away, lockdowns won’t do it....vaccinate and get on with life...if only we had a government that was competent enough to have reacted to the initial infection and have procured vaccines that would have prevented the spread....we don’t and Canada is still suffering.

Canadians that are smug, that think the governments have done a good job battling the pandemic, are sadly mistaken. The fact that Amazon, a world wide company, put us on the same status as India, is a sad reality.

https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/furey-while-americans-embrace-re-openings-canadians-remain-unjustifiably-afraid?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TORSUN COVID19 Newsletter 2021-05-08&utm_term=TORSUN_COVID19

 

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