To sum up the press conference in response to leaked @CDCofBC reports, BC’s top two public health officers were basically gaslighting journalists, insisting the #COVID19 data we’ve been asking for has been there all along if we only looked hard enough. Not true. #bcpoli
Data experts & epidemiologists such as @vb_jens Carolin Colijn, Sarah Otto & @Dr_Conway_VIDC have been sounding the alarm for months about how BC falls behind other provinces in terms of data transparency, specially re neighbourhood-level data, data broken down by race. #bcpoli
One small example of data gap. I asked Health pretty much for two weeks straight for # of P1 variant cases in Whistler to see whether numbers spiked after outbreak first declared. By the time they were offered, it was after mass vaccinations had dealt with the outbreak. #bcpoli
And also @JPSoucy, he’s been instrumental in pointing out how far behind BC is compared to other jurisdictions.
Also, if Health released daily data on the evolution of P.1 variant cases in Whistler over time, from start of outbreak, to peak, to a decline as vaccines were rolled out, it would give a clear picture of the effectiveness of mass vaccinations and could ease vaccine hesitancy.

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