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All things Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Brad Sallows

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Bad choices have consequences.

Could have refrained from politicizing early counter-measures, but failed to resist temptation to seek political advantage.

Could have refrained from politicizing vaccines, but failed to resist temptation to seek political advantage.

Could have stroked Trump's ego and manipulated him by giving credit for OWS and then letting him do the heavy lifting of persuading "his" followers that "his" vaccines were awesome. But, Orange Man must get nothing.

Could have foregone the restaurants/vacation getaways/parties/galas after ordering the peons to mask up and stay home.
 

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Send in the troops to bail out Alberta's hospitals... what would that even look like?


Premier Jason Kenney implored to seek military backup as Alberta health-care system crumbles​



With Alberta's health-care system "collapsing right in front of our eyes," the leaders of four unions representing thousands of health-care workers are calling on Premier Jason Kenney to ask for help from the military and Red Cross.

"There are no more nurses in our province who can be deployed. There are no more paramedics. There are no more respiratory therapists. There are no more support staff," states the Sept. 18 letter to Kenney, which implores him to make a formal request for help from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"The tank is empty. The well is dry."

With Alberta's COVID-19 cases rapidly rising, Kenney must ask the federal government to "immediately deploy the military, the Red Cross and all available medical staffing resources from other provinces to assist our province's overwhelmed hospitals," states the letter.

It is signed by the presidents of four unions representing health-care workers — United Nurses of Alberta (UNA), Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE), Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) and CUPE Alberta — as well by Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL).


 

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There are no more paramedics.

It is signed by the presidents of four unions representing health-care workers — United Nurses of Alberta (UNA), Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE), Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) and CUPE Alberta — as well by Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL).
Nothing new about that.

According to the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) in 2018,

Mar 20, 2018

“This problem didn't start last week or last year, it started when Alberta Health Services (AHS) took over EMS systems across this province and began reducing the number of ambulances over 10 years ago,” said Mike Parker, president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA).



























 

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The next stage of the vaccination regimen may be a few weeks/months away.

Pfizer-BioNTech say COVID-19 vaccine safe, protective in kids aged 5-11​

CEO of Pfizer says company plans to submit results to regulators 'with urgency'

Thomson Reuters · Posted: Sep 20, 2021 7:43 AM ET | Last Updated: September 20

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech said on Monday their COVID-19 vaccine induced a robust immune response in five- to 11-year-olds, and they plan to ask for authorization to use the vaccine in children in that age range in Canada, the United States, Europe and elsewhere as soon as possible.

The companies said the vaccine generated an immune response in the five- to 11-year-olds in their Phase II/III clinical trial that matched what they had previously observed in 16- to 25-year-olds. The safety profile was also generally comparable to the older age group, they said.

"Since July, pediatric cases of COVID-19 have risen by about 240 per cent in the U.S. — underscoring the public health need for vaccination," Pfizer chief executive Albert Bourla said in a news release.

"These trial results provide a strong foundation for seeking authorization of our vaccine for children five to 11 years old, and we plan to submit them to the FDA and other regulators with urgency."

Pfizer Canada spokesperson Christina Antoniou said in an email to CBC News that the company plans to file the data to Health Canada but couldn't provide specific timelines at this time.

"To date, we have been working closely with Health Canada and submitting to them new data regarding this vaccine when it becomes available," she said. "We share the urgency to provide the data that could help support the decision by regulatory authorities to make the vaccine available to school-aged children as early as possible."

Health Canada has already approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people as young as 12 years old.

In a statement to CBC News, Health Canada said that all manufacturers of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in Canada are conducting or planning studies in adolescents and younger children, including children from 6 months to 11 years of age.

It said it anticipates vaccine manufacturers will provide data regarding children in the coming months, but has so far not received any submission for the approval of any COVID-19 vaccine in children under 12 years of age.
 

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Bad choices have consequences.

Could have refrained from politicizing early counter-measures, but failed to resist temptation to seek political advantage.

Could have refrained from politicizing vaccines, but failed to resist temptation to seek political advantage.

Could have stroked Trump's ego and manipulated him by giving credit for OWS and then letting him do the heavy lifting of persuading "his" followers that "his" vaccines were awesome. But, Orange Man must get nothing.

Could have foregone the restaurants/vacation getaways/parties/galas after ordering the peons to mask up and stay home.
Could have forgone over a million illegal aliens infected with the delta variant, no vaccinations and no tracking while clandestinely flying and bussing them around the continental US to infect and reinfect areas that had a handle on covid. Almost like Native Americans and smallpox blankets. I could be cynical and think the longer the dems make this last, the more power they gain and the more rights the citizens lose. Nah, that's silly talk🙄
 

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Could have forgone over a million illegal aliens infected with the delta variant, no vaccinations and no tracking while clandestinely flying and bussing them around the continental US to infect and reinfect areas that had a handle on covid. Almost like Native Americans and smallpox blankets. I could be cynical and think the longer the dems make this last, the more power they gain and the more rights the citizens lose. Nah, that's silly talk🙄
Kinda sounds like you’re alleging that the current US government, as a covert policy, deliberately stoked the spread of Covid using the mass transportation of illegal aliens. Surely I’m reading this wrong.
 

Brad Sallows

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The immigration crisis is just something they created that is out of control. That it militates COVID spread is just another headwind the bright people in charge created for themselves in their efforts to convince naysayers that the pandemic is a problem.
 

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The sharks are circling....


Cabinet shuffle won't save Jason Kenney from COVID-19 crisis in Alberta, critics say​


Swapping Alberta's health minister out for a new face is unlikely to change the provincial government's approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic, observers say.

Critics say Premier Jason Kenney's decision on Tuesday to move Calgary-Acadia MLA Tyler Shandro from health to labour and immigration minister, and Calgary-Varsity MLA Jason Copping into health, will do nothing to stem the surge of people with COVID-19, which is overwhelming the province's health-care system.

The premier has been driving the pandemic response, said Joel Mullan, vice-president of policy and governance for the United Conservative Party. He says his leader has failed spectacularly at the task and that Kenney should resign.

Although Kenney said Shandro resigned from the health portfolio, Mullan said the swap is the premier's attempt to deflect blame from himself.

"He was the captain of the ship. He was the one providing direction and supervision to Shandro over the pandemic, and ultimately at this point, anything that has gone wrong, the buck stops at the premier's office," he said.

Creating a false sense of hope that the pandemic was in the past and Kenney's about-face on introducing a vaccine passport system were his two most unforgivable moves, Mullan said.

Some UCP constituency associations are considering passing motions asking for an expedited party leadership review. A formal review isn't scheduled until the fall of 2022, which some believe isn't enough time to prepare for an election in the spring of 2023, should Kenney be replaced.

 

RangerRay

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Wow. He really shit the bed if the NDP is leading the polls AND the right vote isn’t seriously split.
 

Blackadder1916

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Wow. He really shit the bed if the NDP is leading the polls AND the right vote isn’t seriously split.

He did shit the bed AND the right vote is split . . . between those UCP'ers who think he did a bad job managing the pandemic response and waiting too long to institute measures like a vaccine passport (oops, sorry, Restrictions Exemptions Program) and those UCP'ers who think he did a bad job managing the pandemic response because he re-imposed restrictions and instituted a vaccine passport when he had categorically stated that Alberta wouldn't have a vaccine passport.
 

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So where are the non-UCP righties putting their support now? I couldn’t find that information. What little I did showed minimal support for other parties.
 

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So where are the non-UCP righties putting their support now? I couldn’t find that information. What little I did showed minimal support for other parties.
Until and unless there’s an election, does it really matter anyway?
 

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They'll implode into two parties; split the vote, let the NDP come up the middle, merge, fight internally again, implode into two parties, split the vote, let the NDP come up the middle...
 
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