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Canada COMMENTARY: We need our political leaders to denounce anti-vaccine nonsense

18:25  05 december  2020
18:25  05 december  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Anti - vaccine sentiment is strongly associated with conspiracy thinking and protection of individual freedoms, traits that are The central dogma of the anti - vaccine ideology is that vaccines cause autism and other bad health effects, and that governments and the pharmaceutical industry knowingly

The type of vaccine being developed against the virus has never – outside of Ebola – been used before. The first ever ‘ vaccine ’ worked by using the cowpox virus to immunise against smallpox. It had been noticed that milkmaids who caught cowpox, a relatively mild disease in humans, did not

It obviously remains to be seen just how timely Canadians’ access to coronavirus vaccines will be. All the political spin will be a moot point either way once we have firm dates and once we have vaccines rolled out — and sleeves rolled up — across the country.

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The opposition Conservatives have raised concerns about whether the government has acted swiftly enough in ensuring that Canada will be near the front of the line. Conservative premiers like Jason Kenney and Doug Ford seem more confident about the prospect of initial doses arriving in early January. The Trudeau government, of course, insists that everything is and will be just fine.

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called for emergency legislation to fine social media firms who failed to clamp down on incorrect information. Mr Johnson agreed online " anti -vaxxers" were a problem and promised a plan to deal with them "very shortly".

In other words, vaccine science as described by the vaccine establishment, is quackery So these are things which need to be considered as well and further complicate safety and effectiveness Abuja, Nigeria I cast back my mind to our situation in Nigeria where at six weeks, ten weeks, fourteen

So while it’s too early to judge whether Conservative leader Erin O’Toole’s pessimism is misplaced, his concern is at least rooted in a recognition of the importance of vaccination and, more specifically, a recognition that we need widespread vaccination to help bring this pandemic to an end.

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It is obviously in O’Toole’s own political interest that his message not be undermined by anyone in his party and there’s a broader obligation that O’Toole not allow anyone in his party to undermine important public health initiatives, including and especially vaccination.

There was therefore a disappointing lack of leadership on display this week from O’Toole in the face of a disturbing petition sponsored in the House of Commons by troublesome Conservative MP Derek Sloan.

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• Vaccine witch doctors are using aborted human fetal cells that are cancerous called “oncocells” or “oncogenes” that are proven to be mutagenic (notice base word mutant here) and literally the cause of auto-immune disorders. We ’re talking about bio-weapons that are bred in monkey kidneys and human

These vaccines are produced with unusual haste. Their effectiveness and side-effects are far from clear. And with billions and billions of dollars at stake, it is understandable that many members of the public are less than confident about the claims made by big pharmaceutical companies.

The petition claims that vaccines are “bypassing proper safety protocols” and equates them to “human experimentation.” That’s absurd, of course, and it’s the sort of rhetoric that elected officials should be denouncing and debunking, not embracing.

For his part, Sloan claims that he sponsors petitions that reflect the concerns his constituents have. However, this petition did not originate in his riding. Moreover, Sloan even claimed that the petition raised “some good points.”

There was no obligation on Sloan or any other MP to sponsor such a petition. I’m sure Sloan would be much less inclined to back a petition denouncing him as an embarrassment and demanding his resignation. That he would choose to give this nonsense a platform is on him, and his constituents can judge their elected representative for themselves.

But there’s also nothing that obligates the leader of the party to remain silent. It’s O’Toole’s decision as to what views he’s prepared to tolerate within his caucus, but if MPs are free to voice their opinions then surely that includes the leader, too.

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World leaders and the public must learn to manage the virus and make permanent adjustments to “In particular, the Covid-19 pandemic has given new impetus to the need to accelerate efforts to There are at least 30 potential vaccines currently in clinical trials, according to the WHO, but there is no

Vaccines are safe and effective, but there is a growing anti - vaccination movement that disputes this. Health organizations, doctors, and scientists agree that vaccines are safe and effective. Despite this, there is a growing movement of parents and caregivers choosing not to vaccinate their children.

Yet on this matter, O’Toole chose to bite his tongue. And that silence speaks volumes.

Not only did O’Toole not volunteer a response, he very deliberately avoided answering direct questions on the matter. When asked by reporters about Sloan and the petition, O’Toole simply fell back on his talking points about the government and its vaccination plans. Well, if we were to take this ridiculous petition at face value, then there’d be no faulting the government for foot-dragging when it comes to vaccines that are being irresponsibly rushed for presumably sinister purposes. That alone should give O’Toole a reason to publicly denounce this.

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But imagine for a moment if O’Toole’s concerns and criticisms of the government were being undermined by a Conservative MP who was publicly praising the Liberals on this issue. Does anyone really think that O’Toole would refrain from commenting or refrain from publicly disagreeing with that MP?

It’s not the first time Sloan has embarrassed his party and it probably won’t be the last. It’s hard to see what’s gained by allowing him to remain in caucus. But even if O’Toole isn’t inclined to give Sloan the boot, he can certainly make it clear that he rejects the ideas expressed in the petition and that he would vehemently disagree with any MP who would give oxygen to those sorts of ideas.

The development of vaccines to target this novel coronavirus has been a remarkable story of scientific and medical ingenuity. Obviously, there is still a rigorous review process and high standards for approval, as there should be. We need responsible political leaders to speak to these facts, not to pander to the cult of pseudoscience.

Rob Breakenridge is host of 'Afternoons with Rob Breakenridge' on Global News Radio 770 Calgary and a commentator for Global News.

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