June 11, 2021
from RT Website
A COVID-19 vaccine syringe.
© AFP / Adrian DENNIS
Last year, at this time,
Covid-19 cases fell significantly
without any substantial measures, as everything opened up for the
summer and the
powers-that-be in some countries
allowed life to return to normal for a few months, all in the
absence of vaccination.
And now the pressure's on
to force everyone into compliance, lest they want to live any
semblance of normal life, beginning with summer travel.
France is now exempting vaccinated travelers from Europe and zero-Covid countries from quarantine and testing. But even vaccinated travelers from the US and elsewhere need to produce a negative test result before their flight, which begs the question,
Unvaccinated travelers from outside Europe aren't allowed to come to France for tourism.
Canada currently forces its own returning citizens - the only travelers for whom the border is open - to quarantine in a government-designated facility at the traveler's prepaid expense of up to $2,000, where they await a negative test result before completing the remaining 14-day quarantine at home.
The hotel quarantine
could be scrapped sometime this summer, but only for fully
vaccinated returning Canadians - despite the fact that a scientific
expert panel advised the government to drop the hotel quarantine
These rules reflect what we've already been told:
Nor is the vaccine seemingly enough to allow life to go back to pre-pandemic norms in some places, even as the annual virus season draws to an end and summer ramps up.
While some countries'
swimming pools and gyms are back to relatively normal capacity and
use, others are still making patrons sign up for limited time slots
and swim up one lane and down another in order to maintain social
distancing between length swimmers - presumably, so they don't risk
infecting someone while breathing during front crawl.
A medical advisory panel in France is also recommending that the vaccine be obligatory for certain public-facing professions and for school kids.
This effectively means
that any individuals who choose not to vaccinate - either because
they already have natural immunity from the disease or figure that
what they risk from the disease isn't worth the potential long-term
risks of taking a vaccine based on new, experimental technology -
are going to find themselves with limited options.
This mantra being bandied about that everyone has to do their part and take the shot in order to protect others is just total nonsense.
The proof is in the lack
of confidence that governments themselves are showing this summer by
demanding that even the fully vaccinated take
And no one should be ostracized or inconvenienced as a result of making a different choice for whatever reason.
This highly personal
medical decision is being misrepresented as some kind of collective
necessity and is marginalizing those wanting to make a choice that's
different from the one that governments are pushing.