So, re: data & integrity:
Intriguing Op Ed by 🇨🇦 fmr MP, on finance, int'l trade committees, experienced w/ Pharma, his parents each contracted AIDs & died due to tainted blood supply. Asking: do we really want to be censoring off-message MDs, scientists?…
When, how, how fast & why did Society determine that doctors--not isolated cranks--but front-line clinicians & independent scientists by the hundreds & thousands--working on C19 were not just to be disregarded...
but actively silenced, censured as a threat to public health?
Again, not (just) country docs but whole associations headed up by eminent figures:

Dr. Steven Pelech, UBC, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Covid Care Alliance w/ over 1000 MDs, virologists, vaccinologists, immunologists 'with serious concerns' re: C19 mgmt
5 yrs post-doc w/...Nobel laureate Dr. Edwin Krebs...Pelech was a founder of Biomedical Research Centre [UBC]...founder, Chief Science Officer Kinetek Pharmaceuticals...member of the UBC Experimental Medicine Graduate Program Committee
Dr. Pelech:
'group members are afraid to share their names as their could be serious personal consequences (i.e., loss of their license.) These doctors & scientists are being muzzled....This is an information war & the media have helped to create...fear in our society'
Old enough to remember when censoring anyone was beyond the pale, but how have the views of entire associations of MDs & scientists been deemed--by whom exactly--a threat to public health (authorities)?

How does this strengthen our response capabilities?
Cannan (Op Ed):
The College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC [CPSBC]... states:

"If a College registrant deviates...from widely held scientific evidence...they would be held accountable'
'"The College supports all orders and directives of the Public Health Officer (PHO) as it relates to the vaccine."

So basically whatever Dr. Bonnie Henry says, the CPSBC does'
Yet it's not the PHO, but members of, for ex., the Covid Care Alliance (CCA) actually on front-lines acquiring the clinical experience, specialists & scientists doing theoretical & field research...
how is 'widely held scientific evidence' enriched by silencing them,
& if the CPSBC is listening to Dr. Henry
and she is not listening the associations such as CCA, or the Front-Line C19 Critical Care Alliance...

what 'widely held' evidence *is* she listening to?

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