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U.S. remains unprepared for “vaccine passports”

The U.S. remains unprepared for a world that is now, and soon will be even more, mandating use of vaccine passports for travel.

The only “proof” available in the U.S. is an easily forge-able, unverifiable paper vaccine card.

Elsewhere nation’s have set up verifiable, authenticated vaccination passport records.

As global travel slowly re-opens to vaccinated travelers, U.S. citizens will remain at a disadvantage because of the incompetence of public health to plan ahead for this need. Public health remains AWOL on this issue.

I have documented that vaccine passports were coming, whether we like it or not, since last winter.

Still no time table on re-opening the U.S.-Canada border

The Republican sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday citing how Canadians can fly into the U.S. but the opposite is not true for Americans. She says the current restrictions are not “fully synchronized or equitable for U.S. citizens.”

“I urge you to unilaterally begin easing the restrictions for non-essential travel into the U.S. across the northern border. Immediate actions should include expanding the list of exempted travelers to include family members and extended family members; Canadians with property, boats, or leased campsites in the U.S.; and business representatives with business dealings in the U.S., while beginning a phased reopening to the broader public,” Stefanik said in the letter.

Source: Stefanik: Canadian border closure not ‘equitable’ for US citizens

I have been aware of this asymmetry for some time. Canadians can fly to and from the U.S., but almost all U.S. citizens are banned from entering Canada.[1]

  • Just 20% of Canadians are vaccinated – yet they can come to the U.S. In fact, many Canadians flew to the U.S. to get vaccinations for Covid-19 that were not yet readily available in Canada!
  • About 65% of Americans have at least one dose – but they cannot travel to Canada.

Why?

This is a political restriction based arbitrarily on nationality and has nothing to do with the disease. Nothing at all.

I have seen many Youtube travel videos from people who seem to go through border restrictions around the world.

But most U.S. citizens have been prohibited from travel to the EU and are barred from entry to Canada.

Yet Canadians can readily fly to the U.S., while Americans can not do the opposite.

I have a friend who is a U.S. airline captain – his girlfriend is in Montreal and he’s been barred from traveling up there for over a year.

I know a young dual nationality individual (U.S. and Germany) who moved last year to the Netherlands (for marriage) at a time when U.S. citizens could not (and still cannot) travel. But since she had an EU passport (also a U.S. passport) she could freely travel to the EU, and then back to the U.S. on her U.S. passport.

Meanwhile, others figured how to game the system.

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Paper: Shelter in place Orders “had no detectable health benefits”

We study the health, behavioral, and economic effects of one of the most politically controversial policies in recent memory, shelter-in-place orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Previous studies have claimed that shelter-in-place orders saved thousands of lives, but we reassess these analyses and show that they are not reliable. We find that shelter-in-place orders had no detectable health benefits, only modest effects on behavior, and small but adverse effects on the economy. To be clear, our study should not be interpreted as evidence that social distancing behaviors are not effective. Many people had already changed their behaviors before the introduction of shelter-in-place orders, and shelter-in-place orders appear to have been ineffective precisely because they did not meaningfully alter social distancing behavior.

Source: Evaluating the effects of shelter-in-place policies during the COVID-19 pandemic | PNAS

Their study says their explanation for “why” these Orders had no effect is conjecture – they do not know.

Related: A stunning 38.9% of small businesses in the U.S. are no longer open (select Businesses : Small Businesses Open) due to the actions of public health.  Reminder, in spite of all those actions, 600,000 people died.

In my town’s downtown, I estimate about 30% of local businesses were gone. Future historians will not look kindly on the year 2020 and the government/public health response.

But I thought it was “different this time”: “Deutsche Bank warns of global ‘time bomb’ coming due to rising inflation”

In an out-of-consensus forecast, Deutsche Bank is warning of a potential crisis coming from inflation.

Source: Deutsche Bank warns of global ‘time bomb’ coming due to rising inflation

Modern Monetary Theory proponents insist we can print as much money as we need without inflation taking hold. Because “It’s different this time”…. or something.