Letters to the editor: Jan. 29: ‘I don’t think any credible public-health expert ever promised vaccines were the be-all and end-all … that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t be vaccinated.’ A silver bullet for COVID-19? Plus other letters to the editor

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In today’s letters to the editor: vaccines; U.S. democracy; domestic abuse; wild ice

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Jan. 29: ‘I don’t think any credible public-health expert ever promised vaccines were the be-all and end-all … that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t be vaccinated.’ A silver bullet for COVID-19? Plus other letters to the editor

In today’s letters to the editor : vaccines; U.S. democracy; domestic abuse; wild ice

Carolynne PynnLike his books I have read, Mr. Doidge uses bits of scientific events and stories to pooh-pooh certain mainstream ideas, yet I see little data or clarity around his theories and their overall implications. It seems to me he doesn’t enter their complexity nor suggest next steps and solutions.

TorontoThere is reasonably good data that support fluvoxamine as a cheap, safe, existing medication that could be taken at home for those with COVID-19 to reduce the chances of hospitalizations or ER visits.IqaluitW. E. HildrethI believe a positive feedback loop between scientists, public messaging and media has amplified fervour to dangerous levels. Checkpoints like this opinion piece are an important balance to keep the system within healthy bounds.

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Not sure why so many are crappin' in the bed now? The mandates are 'TEMPORARY' ! Easing is beginning on the 31'rst. 2 Days from now. Could be argued it's a lot more beneficial to plan ahead and write off the spilled milk on the floor.(it's gone) & launder the bedsheets. ( joke) ‘I don’t think any credible public-health expert ever promised vaccines were the be-all and end-all Actually they did. The jab was supposed to be 90% effective. Now we are 90% jabbed and 80% boosted, the lie is apparent. And the evil mandates remain

B.C. reports 13 more COVID-19 deaths, 141 in intensive careB.C. health officials says 90 per cent of people 12 and older have received second shot of COVID-19 vaccine The pandemic ended a long time ago With 75000000 vaccinated shots 11000 booster shots you can see how it is working / not

Police warn of ‘consequences’ for violence as trucker convoy nears Ottawa - National | Globalnews.caSeveral thousand people are expected in Ottawa as early as Friday as part of the Canada Unity group demanding an end to vaccine mandates and COVID-19 restrictions. But dont Punish those who caused the Problems that Prompted the Hate. so what are they doing about threats already made towards media? let's start the scare tactics sorry only peaceful rally coming your way

N.B. to loosen COVID-19 restrictions early, ending two-week lockdown - New Brunswick | Globalnews.caChief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell said that tighter restrictions that were brought in on Jan. 14 have meant that the spread of the virus “has been less aggressive than worst case scenario.” How does he know that without a control group wit no restrictions?

National vaccine committee recommends high-risk teens get a COVID-19 booster shotThe National Advisory Committee on Immunization is now recommending teenagers with underlying conditions or at high risk of COVID-19 exposure get a booster shot. Get the Facts about BA.2 Who's on the committee, Neon Rider?

Simu Liu voices support for vaccines after revealing he lost grandparents to COVID-19Simu Liu, the star of Marvel's 'Shang-Chi,' is voicing his support for COVID-19 vaccines after revealing he lost his grandparents to the virus. I love Simu Liu You mean, another ACTOR who just went from zero to fabricated Marvel hero? You write these articles like we don't remember the past 3 years happened, and all the celebs who pushed vaccines and 'in this together' on their fans, from the comfort of their mansions. They are ACTORS. CTVNationalNews Tell me more

Police on guard against 'lone wolves' as protest convoy arrives in Ottawa | CBC NewsOttawa's police chief says officials are watching for 'social media actors' and 'lone wolves' who might try to infiltrate this weekend's convoy protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Lone nuts, you mean. Good. That's what is needed. There are far too many people in Ottawa right now that would benefit from this turning violent. This would only play into CBCNews & Trudeau little game of division

(Opinion, Jan.Create Free Account The percentage of B.Copy article link Copy link Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says nobody wants a planned anti-vaccination protest on Parliament Hill this weekend to turn into a violent attempt to overthrow the government and warned people not to dismiss the protesters as simple freedom fighters.Spotify taking down Neil Young’s music after his Joe Rogan ultimatum She added that while the province “achieved what we wanted to” by having people reduce contacts by 30 per cent and therefore slow hospitalizations, the number of people admitted to hospital will continue to rise for the next two to three weeks.

22): This is the best discussion I have read in The Globe and Mail since the pandemic started. I appreciate a critical but apolitical analysis of this fractious debate. residents 12 and over to reach triple vaccination status is now at 43 per cent. This is the medicine we need more of. Read more: Mendicino said multiple police forces, including the Ottawa Police Service, RCMP and Parliamentary Protective Service, are co-ordinating the response and are making decisions independent of any government involvement. Wes Roberts Calm. The province is reporting 2,033 new cases of COVID-19, although health officials have said testing limitations mean that number could be up to five times higher. Concise. Russell pointed out that when Level 3 restrictions were brought in, they were responding to a dire situation and that they were expecting over 200 hospitalizations by the end of January if no action was taken.

Informative. The Health Ministry says 13 more people have died, bringing the death toll to 2,588 since the pandemic began. “We are aware of inappropriate and threatening language on social media related to this event. Thank you. Carolynne Pynn Ottawa Norman Doidge’s contribution on vaccines, like his books, was beautifully written and filled with compelling metaphors – as a science piece, I find, it was not so much. Our Morning Update and Evening Update newsletters are written by Globe editors, giving you a concise summary of the day’s most important headlines. Like his books I have read, Mr.” 1:07 O’Toole urges truckers to ensure their voice not drowned out by ‘extremist elements’ O’Toole urges truckers to ensure their voice not drowned out by ‘extremist elements’ The road in front of Parliament Hill is to be closed to general traffic, with two lanes reserved for the convoy and two for emergency vehicles. Doidge uses bits of scientific events and stories to pooh-pooh certain mainstream ideas, yet I see little data or clarity around his theories and their overall implications.

It seems to me he doesn’t enter their complexity nor suggest next steps and solutions. I did not come away feeling much of a case was built for his “perhaps if” opinions, however elegantly compiled. 27, 2022, before a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers is expected on Saturday. Katina Watson Toronto I don’t think any credible public-health expert ever promised vaccines were the be-all and end-all for COVID-19. I have not been surprised at how little coverage fluvoxamine has received, because there is not a huge amount of cash to be made. Be it drugs or vaccines, there should be significant skepticism of Pfizer and others, as the overarching corporate goal of Big Pharma is profit.” Story continues below advertisement “There are some security concerns regarding the anticipated energy and disruptive goals of this convoy,” he wrote Friday to people with offices in government buildings in the area.

There is reasonably good data that support fluvoxamine as a cheap, safe, existing medication that could be taken at home for those with COVID-19 to reduce the chances of hospitalizations or ER visits. But that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t be vaccinated. To diminish the importance of vaccines in this pandemic, and in the history of human health care, should be considered irresponsible. He said if their homes or constituency offices are targeted they should not engage, but close and lock all exterior doors and get somewhere safe. Madeleine Cole MD Iqaluit If Bill Gates and the World Health Organization favoured vaccines over early COVID-19 experimentation elsewhere, it was because vaccines have been the effective medicine of choice for epidemics over the past 100 years, from polio to flu. When a disaster forces people onto a burning dock, they jump on the boat offering the best chances of survival.

They don’t stand waiting to see the “maybe and what if” schedule. The city is working with the Ottawa Police Service to develop traffic and parking management plans, and updates will be shared throughout the weekend, said Ayotte. W. E. Hildreth Toronto I was so relieved to see this opinion published.2 cases. As a biomedical scientist who is pro-vaccine, I have been horrified and worried by the polarization around COVID-19 responses.

I believe a positive feedback loop between scientists, public messaging and media has amplified fervour to dangerous levels. Checkpoints like this opinion piece are an important balance to keep the system within healthy bounds. The agencies have asked Villagia to have backup plans to step in and provide that care to residents. Kirsten Meye r Toronto Given incomplete and sometimes contradictory data, there is nowhere near unanimity among scientists and public-health officials in dealing with COVID-19. As a recently retired family physician, I was also not surprised to hear that various drug companies may have exaggerated their claims. Although the public would like to have clear, concise, unchanging advice, it simply isn’t possible. If we’re short-staffed then it’s a lot of extra work for the team.

Fortunately, multiple approaches may actually work equally well without a clear winner. Unfortunately, COVID-zero is likely not an approach that will work. David Barker MD Whitby, Ont. The protest was spawned after truckers stopped being exempted from the vaccine mandate at the Canadian border on Jan. In a crisis, decisions are made with imperfect information and tools. To make matters worse, information can change with time, as it has during the pandemic.

There is no playbook to follow. Story continues below advertisement The United States policy preventing unvaccinated Canadian truckers from entering the U. Yes, vaccines are not perfect. Yes, viruses mutate as they spread, often rendering vaccines based on original variants less effective. Yes, other treatments may exist, but they should be studied before being recommended. 22. We should improve how we communicate science and public-health measures.

We should not communicate detailed information with headlines and tweets. Let’s give credit to those who have put their lives on hold for nearly two years to help society. The money is to go toward the cost of fuel, food, and accommodations for participating protesters, according to the fundraising campaign page. Did they get everything right? Of course not. But they appear to have got us to where we may finally get out of the worst of it. Was it all about vaccines? Unlikely. Canada Unity’s website includes a “memorandum of understanding” demanding Gov.

But they sure played a significant role by multiple measures. Lorenzo Biondi Retired pharma vice-president, medical and regulatory affairs; Oakville, Ont. As I always say, there are three sides to every issue: my side, the other side and somewhere in the middle is the truth. Story continues below advertisement There is nothing in the Constitution allowing for such orders to occur and Mendicino said nobody should “trivialize the organizers’ distorted claims that this is a protest about freedom. Brian Walsh .