Remember that the current vaccine passport system is an alternative to another lockdown situation. It is the opposite of a lockdown - lockdowns shut down society, the vaccine passport is an attempt to reopen society and get back to normal. The tiny minority of anti-vaxxers are the ones keeping this pandemic going; it's time for them to get out of the way.
Historically, vaccines have arguably been one of the biggest success stories of the human race - and the story of Covid-19 will be no different. Despite this, there is a relatively small (yet loud) class of people who would like to see us reach herd immunity through "natural infection" which would result in untold amounts of harm to Canadians. I'm looking at you, anti-vaxxers and supporters of the so-called Great Barrington Declaration.
With the university caring more about its reputation and money rather than its students, we are writing this article as a demand for help from external media and external voices to showcase this issue with the hope that the university now has an actual reason to listen to their students.
"The cure cannot be worse than the [virus] itself," said Donald Trump back in March. It seems like Jason Kenny and Tyler Shandro have taken Trump's words to heart. The dynamic between the two and Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's Chief Medical Health Officer, echos the uneasy tension between Trump and Anthony Fauci.
The second wave of Covid-19 is here in Canada and many questions loom as to how the future of the pandemic will play out. One thing that is for certain, though, is that a new wave of hate has spread throughout Canada.
If we were to wonder about an alternate future in which the Conservative Party of Canada was in power during the current pandemic, we wouldn't need to use our imaginations to understand how they would govern. The track record of Conservatives currently in power speaks for itself.
Canada must disband from this agreement for the sake of refugees fleeing persecution from around the world. Even if a Biden administration successfully takes power in January, it is too late. The damage has been done already - xenophobia and racism have been unleashed by Trump.
Surely, mandating masks and social distancing during a once in a lifetime pandemic is not an overreach of government. Lock downs, hard as they may be for all of us, are not and overreach either. They are a last resort needed to ensure public heath once cases have overrun contact tracing.
It is easy to see why national policy on mask wearing has flip flopped during the initial months of the pandemic. Evidence was sparse, mixed, or inconclusive and public policy reflected that. But as new evidence is emerging that does support the use of face masks by the general population, so to, does public policy.
The problem is that they are so open-minded that their brains have fallen right out.