Letters to the province, December 29, 2021: Rich countries must help the poor to achieve herd immunity

Opinion: Letters to the province, December 29, 2021.

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It is very encouraging to know that the Omicron variant may require minimal hospitalization. However, we must bear in mind that this variant of COVID-19 is highly contagious, spreads very fast, and causes our positivity rates to skyrocket.

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All of this requires a concerted effort at the local, provincial, national and international levels.

Advances in information technology and the recent arrival of COVID and its Delta and Omicron variants on the world stage has reinforced the concept that we live in a global village, and we are interconnected and interdependent on each other. The way Delta and now Omicron have spread across the world so quickly has bolstered it.

This requires strictly following the guidelines given by our health professionals. Getting fully vaccinated, keeping your distance, wearing masks, and washing your hands frequently is critical.

However, to tackle this problem globally, rich countries must help poor or developing countries in Africa and Asia. Only then can we acquire the herd immunity that we so desperately need at the international level.

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Balwant Sanghera, Richmond

Why were “older” registered nurses ignored?

I read with interest that Dr. Bonnie Henry said that there is not an infinite group of people who could give vaccines.

Many of us “older” retired RNs volunteered last spring, even before we knew there was a fee to do this. Most of us didn’t even get the courtesy of an answer. My colleagues, who have administered hundreds, if not thousands, of injections, do not need to be taught how to do it.

It was very demoralizing to find out that others, who needed training, got the jobs. I’m not sure who was to blame for this oversight.

Elaine Belliveau, Surrey

Boudreau is smiling, Green is not

Travis Green was a good coach. However, as I am an ordinary, not very informed fan, I don’t have any data to back it up.

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What motivated me to write was to see the smiling face of Bruce Boudreau on the last page of the province newspaper last Tuesday.

With COVID-19 and his team’s performance, Green seemed increasingly tense as losses mounted. I’m sure that carried over to his players as well.

On the contrary, the new coach is always smiling. He has been fired before and is under little pressure as his team still has a long shot of making the playoffs. Although he can be tough at times, his laid-back form has obviously carried over to his players.

As for Green, I am confident that he will return to coaching in the NHL, hopefully with more success.

Jill John, Vancouver

Why close gyms and not shopping centers?

It’s absolutely ridiculous how Dr. Bonnie Henry has closed gyms to minimize Omicron’s transmission, but people are allowed to bump side-by-side in places like shopping malls, Walmart, and Costco. Does this make any sense?

Something clearly fishy is going on and it’s certainly not the kind of fish fillet served at McDonald’s.

Michael Bardouniotis, Surrey


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