Harper hits out at liberals over economic approach to pandemic and vaccine rollout
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper has arguably made his most important public comments to date on the pandemic.Harper gave his thoughts on a number of topics on the American Optimist podcast, hosted by Joe Lonsdale, founder of venture capital firm 8VC, which Harper joined as an advisor in 2017. The podcast was released on Tuesday, although it is not clear when the interview was conducted.
Harper, who served as Conservative prime minister from 2006 to 2015, admitted that the pandemic posed huge challenges for governments around the world, but described Canada’s spending strategies as short-sighted.
“This is bad macroeconomic policy on a huge scale,” Harper said, fearing massive borrowing levels could cause dangerous levels of inflation.
Concerns about inflation have been the subject of numerous articles, including on CBC News. U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in a briefing with reporters on Wednesday that he believed inflation was transient, but was not about to be fixed on a calendar. “Inflation is expected to come down over time,” he said. “We don’t have much confidence, say, in the timing of this or the magnitude of the short-term effects. “
Harper also questioned the federal government’s execution of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, stating that “when we were in government we never had a problem or problem making sure we had vaccines and drugs. vaccines well before they are distributed ”.
As has been documented, Canada does not currently produce COVID-19 vaccines in its country, and the current situation is largely a result of decisions made by Liberal and Conservative governments.
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Fauci’s opposition turns from criticism to alleged death threats
A man has been arrested and charged in a US federal court with sending emails threatening to injure and kill America’s top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr Francis Collins and their families, federal prosecutors in Maryland said on Tuesday.
A criminal complaint filed Monday accuses Thomas Patrick Connally Jr., 56, of threats against a federal official and interstate communications containing a threat of harm.
On April 24, Collins received four emails from the encrypted address associated with Connally and 30 minutes later, Fauci received a series of seven threatening emails within minutes of each other, according to the affidavit. One of the emails threatened that Fauci would be “hunted, captured, tortured and killed”.
“Our public health officials deserve our thanks and appreciation for their tireless work, and we will not hesitate to press charges against people who seek to use fear to silence these officials,” the US lawyer said by interim Jonathan Lenzner in a press release.
Fauci has been in office since 1984 and has advised both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden on the pandemic response. As the most prominent face of the federal public health response in the United States, Fauci has faced stiff criticism on conservative news channels Fox, OAN and Newsmax, as well as from some politicians. .
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign, touted as a possible 2024 presidential candidate, sold a “Don’t Fauci My Florida” t-shirt, while Freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn said if the Republicans regaining control of the House, he would like Fauci to be prosecuted, allegedly for lying to Congress about funding coronavirus research as it relates to Chinese labs.
Fauci is by no means the only one to be a target during the pandemic. But while there have been sporadic incidents of anger and harassment directed at Canadian health officials in public, it has been common in the United States.
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Canada Tour: Shifting Gears in the Immunization Campaign
With most of the eligible population vaccinated, some provinces are shifting gears in their vaccination campaigns.
Manitoba’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force said Wednesday it plans to focus more on supersites and invest more time and doses in pop-up clinics and other forms of outreach, because the demand for vaccines is expected to drop significantly next week.
“This is more of a ramp-up than a deceleration,” Johanu Botha, head of operations and logistics for the working group, said at a press conference.
The comments come after documents from the province predict a sharp drop in demand for doses on public sites from this week to next year, although doses are also available at pharmacies and doctors’ offices.
Peel Public Health, near Toronto, shifted its vaccination efforts this week, shutting down two of its mass vaccination sites, and Ottawa recently did the same. The city of Toronto, meanwhile, has moved many of its meeting-based sites to drop-in centers.
“That last mile of vaccine is not necessarily an available and open mass vaccination,” Dr. Zain Chagla, infectious disease physician at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, told CBC News. “It’s about having community leaders and peer groups able to reach populations that cannot be reached by typical medical providers. “
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World: debates on masks in the United States; Canada is not on the UK travel exemption list
The UK government announced on Wednesday that travelers to England who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the European Union or the United States will be exempt from mandatory quarantine upon arrival, but this is apparently not the case. cases for fully vaccinated travelers from Canada.
In the United States, the CDC is again recommending the wearing of the indoor mask in high-case areas, including for the vaccinated, although local jurisdictions ultimately make most of the public health decisions. Nevada, home to open casinos and a growing number of cases, introduced a statewide mask warrant on Tuesday. But in St. Louis County, Missouri – which is also seeing the number of cases rise – residents cheered after local council rejected a mask warrant, though the whole mess could be taken to court.
As the Olympics continue, Tokyo on Wednesday recorded a new record of cases.
In Africa, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan launched her country’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign by publicly receiving a dose and urging others to do the same, a breakthrough for one of the last countries in the world to adopt coronavirus vaccines. His predecessor, John Magufuli, called the coronavirus pandemic exaggerated, with some believing his death in March was attributable to the coronavirus.
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