Started by Mr. B, February 14, 2022, 10:17:14 PM
Quote from: Dark Lightning on February 14, 2022, 10:39:09 PM. . . these self-centered eejits are just going to help the spread of the disease.
QuoteA planned protest outside Kingston City Hall in support of the so-called "Freedom Convoy" was thwarted by counter-demonstrators on Saturday afternoon.The "downtown slow roll" was planned to take place between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m on Saturday, and saw cars driving slowly from Gardiners Road and Highway 401 down to Kingston City Hall for a planned demonstration against public health regulations.In response to the planned event, more than 100 counter-demonstrators arrived outside City Hall to protest the event, holding signs saying "End White Supremacy," "Individual freedom without responsibility is called childhood" and "Nazis F— Off."Concern regarding the fascist and racist messaging of the "Freedom Convoy" protests has been raised since Day 1. A key organizer of the event, Pat King, is a known white supremacist, and many known white supremacists have expressed support for the protests. Hateful and racist symbols, including Confederate flags and swastikas, were seen in the crowd of protesters in Ottawa, and the Gadsden flag — a far-right symbol — could be seen flying on the back of a truck in Kingston on Saturday.For Lindsay Legere, a health-care worker in Kingston, standing up against the "Freedom Convoy" is standing up against racism and fascism."We want to make the message clear that we don't support fascism, we don't support racism, and we don't support going against health mandates that protect vulnerable members of society and health-care workers," she said.[Continues . . .]
Quote from: Mr. B on February 15, 2022, 08:53:34 PMI understand from the news that they cleared the Ambassador Bridge a couple days ago on Sunday. Makes me wonder, why invoke the Emergency Act on Monday? Four provinces have announced that they are going to wind down the covid restrictions. Some of the language used by the Prime Minister desribing the people involved and the measures they are now taking appal me.
Quote from: jumbojak on February 22, 2022, 01:50:07 AMThe demands of the truckers are not unreasonable. Why do we have to mandate vaccination when the vaccines currently available are not particularly effective at preventing infection or transmission? Why? Why?
Quote from: jumbojak on February 22, 2022, 01:50:07 AMThe demands of the truckers are not unreasonable. Why do we have to mandate vaccination when the vaccines currently available are not particularly effective at preventing infection or transmission? Why? Why?Why is it basically impossible to report any side effects that are not fatigue or soreness at the injection site? Why are there no provisions made for anyone who has actually had COVID when the evidence I have seen show greater protection than vaccination? It doesn't make sense and huge swathes of the world are reaching the same conclusion. COVID is not going away. We are going to have to live with it.
QuoteA key issue as we move closer to ending the pandemic is determining more precisely how long people exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the COVID-19 virus, will make neutralizing antibodies against this dangerous coronavirus. Finding the answer is also potentially complicated with new SARS-CoV-2 "variants of concern" appearing around the world that could find ways to evade acquired immunity, increasing the chances of new outbreaks. Now, a new NIH-supported study shows that the answer to this question will vary based on how an individual's antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 were generated: over the course of a naturally acquired infection or from a COVID-19 vaccine. The new evidence shows that protective antibodies generated in response to an mRNA vaccine will target a broader range of SARS-CoV-2 variants carrying "single letter" changes in a key portion of their spike protein compared to antibodies acquired from an infection. These results add to evidence that people with acquired immunity may have differing levels of protection to emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants. More importantly, the data provide further documentation that those who've had and recovered from a COVID-19 infection still stand to benefit from getting vaccinated.[Continues . . .]
QuoteAbstract:The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants with mutations in key antibody epitopes has raised concerns that antigenic evolution could erode adaptive immunity elicited by prior infection or vaccination. The susceptibility of immunity to viral evolution is shaped in part by the breadth of epitopes targeted by antibodies elicited by vaccination or natural infection. To investigate how human antibody responses to vaccines are influenced by viral mutations, we used deep mutational scanning to compare the specificity of polyclonal antibodies elicited by either two doses of the mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine or natural infection with SARS-CoV-2. The neutralizing activity of vaccine-elicited antibodies was more targeted to the receptor-binding domain (RBD) of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein compared to antibodies elicited by natural infection. However, within the RBD, binding of vaccine-elicited antibodies was more broadly distributed across epitopes compared to infection-elicited antibodies. This greater binding breadth means that single RBD mutations have less impact on neutralization by vaccine sera compared to convalescent sera. Therefore, antibody immunity acquired by natural infection or different modes of vaccination may have a differing susceptibility to erosion by SARS-CoV-2 evolution.
Quote from: Mr. B on February 23, 2022, 12:08:53 AMDid you know that it has been widely reported and often repeated that the trucking industry in Canada has a 90% vaccinated rate? They are not "anti-vax". They are "anti-mandate"So the story goes.
QuoteThese protesters are hurting a lot of people, and ultimately, the actions of this "Freedom Convoy" will cause many people to resent truckers. We gained a hero status at the beginning of the pandemic, for moving much-needed emergency equipment and PPE where it was needed the most. Truckers have always been there.Those few truckers who are fueling this so-called "Freedom Convoy" and holding up our economy are not representative of all of us. They should not wreck our image anymore and go to work.[Link to full article.]
Quote[E]ven as the vocal group of truckers, known as the "Freedom Convoy," grabbed the world's attention, many of Canada's truck drivers were scrambling to distance themselves from the movement, which they view as radical and fringe.In their view, the protesters' actions – including shutting down cross-border trade and laying siege to the capital – have hurt rather than helped drivers in the industry, and failed to advance the labor issues most truckers care about. They point out that only a small percentage of Canadian truckers have joined the demonstrations, and the vast majority of drivers are already vaccinated, according to trucking associations and Canadian authorities."There is a vocal minority, which is trying to steal the headlines, but a silent majority has actually been working day and night," said Manan Gupta, publisher of Road Today, a Canadian magazine for South Asian truckers. About a third of Canada's roughly 180,000 tractor-trailer drivers are immigrants, according to the most recent survey, in 2016.The protests have caused long delays at the border and forced drivers to take lengthy detours. Such disruptions are "not received well" by truckers who are not participating in the convoy, Gupta said, adding that "they are the ones keeping our supply chain intact and running.""These illegal blockades have had a detrimental impact on our members and customers' businesses. These have also had a very significant negative impact upon our professional driving community," the president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Stephen Laskowski, said in a statement Monday.[Continues . . .]