With headlines like this, it's no wonder that a large share of the population isn't interested in the vaccines. I wonder how many people in favour of vaccine passports now would still be in favour if maintaining that passport meant a booster shot every 4-6 months until death.
It's amazing just how much damage public health has done to its own reputation - not to mention the tremendous damage they've inflicted on the health and social well-being of entire communities.
We were told only weeks ago that vaccines were our way out, and now at the same time as we're being told to vaccinate or be ostracized, we're also being told the vaccines have stopped working.
This whole ordeal underlines the gross incompetence of our public health and political leaders.

Lockdowns didn't work.

School closures didn't work.

Masks didn't work.

The vaccines work. Or they don't. I don't know.

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