Wednesday, FNC host Tucker Carlson opened his program in support of those skeptical of the COVID-19 vaccine, who in some cases have been maligned by politicians, the media, and other aspects of American culture. Carlson said the vaccine was not without some level of risk, and the discussion of that risk was being shut down. Transcript as follows: CARLSON: Here’s a very simple question. How many Americans have died after taking the COVID vaccines? That’s not Americans who have been killed by the virus? That’s a huge number. It is how many Americans have died after getting the vaccines designed to prevent the virus? Do you know the answer to that question? Do you know anything about the downside? We know a lot about the upside of vaccines, we’ve been completely in favor of vulnerable people taking vaccines. But what about the potential risks? You think you would know more about that than you do? We talk a lot about vaccines constantly, not just on this show, but in this … [Read more...] about FNC’s Carlson: Americans Have an ‘Absolute Right’ to Question Vaccine Without Being Silenced, Censored or Mocked
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I RECEIVED comments thanking me for explaining fully what the efficacy rate for vaccines means. Thank you for your kind messages. I think I need to reiterate and stress a point I made that might have been lost among the many in that relatively long column. What is the key point and advantage of all the vaccines developed and in use for Covid-19? Which is why there should be mass vaccination for all as soon as can be achieved. All vaccines seem to provide nearly 100 percent protection against hospitalization and death from Covid-19. Please realize what that means. No strain on the health care system. Even if you are part of the small group that gets Covid post-vaccination, you will only have mild symptoms. You will not need to be hospitalized, placed on ventilators, spend weeks or months in the ICU, and avoid the cost and hardship that entails without even assurance of survival or full recovery. That is good for the country and economy too. Before I get to the topic, I recommend … [Read more...] about Anti-vaxxers, vaccine skeptics and vaccine hesitant
THERE was never a doubt in my mind, I was always going to have it. But after months of hoping for it and talking about it, getting my first dose of the Covid jab left me feeling overwhelmed. Now, you might be thinking, ‘she doesn’t look over 70’, well I hope you are! And you’d be right, I’m 39. But as a stage 4 cancer patient having active chemotherapy, I am in the clinically extremely vulnerable group, and so this week I became eligible to have the vaccine. I got the call up on Wednesday along with lots of fellow patients and yesterday afternoon I arrived at The Royal Marsden, the hospital I go to for treatment most days, to have my first dose. I was nervous, to be honest I was really panicking, but then again I am a nervous wreck before almost any appointment. Four years of living with cancer and you’d think I would be used to it by now. I have chemo pretty much every day, I am incredibly lucky to have been allowed to carry on my treatment throughout lockdown. … [Read more...] about I had tears in my eyes as I had my Covid vaccine – after a year living in fear there is finally hope
Don't Spit Source: Public Domain (From Naval Historical Center Archives Catalog #: NH 41731-A) Why do pandemic memories wane so rapidly? There have been almost 300 epidemics in recorded history, 18 of which were worldwide pandemics of more than one million deaths, five with tens of millions. If you are more than 20 years old, you have lived through seven with a total of well over 3 million deaths. Why do we forget the 2002-2004 SARS outbreak and the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic taking 285,000 lives? My father and mother were 12 when they lived in New York City during the 1918 Spanish Flu. They never mentioned it, ever. Neither did my grandmothers and grandfathers. What is it about bad memories that affect everyone that makes pandemics fade into repression? Oddly, we know this seems to contradict the science of memory which tells us that bad events stay in our memories more than good ones. Repression or diminishing cue: Which is it, or is it both? But there is an … [Read more...] about How Will We Remember This Pandemic?
(CNN) CNN Opinion contributors grade President Joe Biden's first speech before a joint session of Congress. Errol Louis: Biden's speech was focused, sharp and brilliant Errol Louis Joe Biden took a pitch-perfect victory lap for reaching 200 million Covid vaccine doses administered in less than 100 days in office -- more than twice the number he'd originally promised -- and going back to his campaign slogan of "choosing hope over fear, truth over lies, light over darkness." His sales job for the infrastructure plan was politically sharp, focused on items with broad support, like creating clean water systems, building a power grid and new roads and bridges -- and aimed directly at independent and working-class votes that strayed from the Democratic Party in recent years. By emphasizing that 90% of the estimated jobs to be created won't require a college degree and rolling out the benefits of the American Family Plan, Biden was … [Read more...] about What grade did Biden get on his speech to Congress