In order to seek out and understand other intelligent life in the universe, our civilization needs to up its game to define a better future.
Vaccine hesitancy has been increased by the belief that healthy people who get infected will only feel like they got the flu. However, it is important to remember that even those with mild symptoms may develop long-haul COVID symptoms, which can be debilitating.
We need politicians who can uphold democratic principles and vigorously oppose foreign threats to our way of life. Individually, every Canadian needs to show the courage to stand up to restrictions on our freedom of speech and to preserve our ability to hold opinions not always in the mainstream.
While the primary intent was vaccine nationalism and guaranteed early U.S. access, the vaccine development facilitated by Operation Warp Speed has already saved millions of lives worldwide.
Overcoming vaccine hesitancy in a democracy will take patience, honest information about the risk-benefit of choices and the advice of trusted friends. Some people will overcome their fear for altruistic reasons and others because the alternative is less attractive.
Anyone comparing CNN and Fox News will find it hard to believe they are evaluating the same facts to come up with polar opposites of the truth