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Google translate from German. Listing the rare events among professional sporters. Maybe a long list like this rings some bells.
Here is the list of horrors, starting in June 2021 – when the vaccination campaigns were in full swing and everyone who blindly trusted the system had already had their second shot. We are not claiming that all of these people fell ill and died because of the vaccination, nor that there is a proven connection in the case of vaccination. The date indicated mostly corresponds to the day of the report and does not have to coincide with the date of the event. With the links we researched, it is noticeable that the majority of them lead to articles that are hidden behind a payment barrier and can therefore be read by relatively few people. Conicidence? Feel free to inform us about further cases or errors: [email protected]
4.6.21, Italy, 29 years
Italy: 29-year-old ex-professional Giuseppe Perrino collapses during a charity game for his dead brother and dies.
7.6.21, Germany 38 years
The table tennis professional Michael Schneider dies suddenly and unexpectedly.
12.6.21, Denmark, 29 years
The footballer Christian Eriksen collapses lifeless during a European Championship game – he can be revived, but needs a pacemaker for the rest of his life.
22.6.21, Hungary, 18 years
Footballer Viktor Marcell Hegedes died warming up for training in Hungary.
14.07.21, the Netherlands, age 31
Speed skating Olympic champion Kjelt Nuis seriously ill after vaccination, with heart problems in hospital.
Footballer Imad Bayumi died during a friendly match in Egypt.
July 22nd, 21, Germany, 36 years
On July 22nd, SV Olympia Schlanstedt and Germania from Kroppenstedt met. During the game Schlanstedts player Nicky Dalibor collapsed and had to be reanimated on the field.
23.07.21, Germany, 27 years
Tim B. from SV Hamberge (Schleswig-Holstein) collapses after returning from a soccer tournament and dies.
A player from TuS Hoberge-Uerentrup (Bielefeld) collapses on the pitch with cardiac arrest.
31.07.21, Netherlands, age 19
The 19-year-old handball player WhitnEe Abriska died of cardiac arrest just before a flight.
02.08.21, Belgium, 18 years
Rune Coghe (18) from Eendracht Hoglede (Belgium) suffers heart attack during game
August 2nd, 21, Austria, 18 years
Chronicle: 18-year-old unnamed player in Burgenland (Austria) collapses on the field and can be saved thanks to the use of a helicopter.
District league player of the SpVgg. Oelde II has to be revived by his opponent.
14.08.21, Belgium, 37 years
The only 37-year-old former French professional footballer Franck Berrier died of several heart attacks while playing tennis.
Goalkeeping coach of SV Niederpˆring suffers heart attack after training.
08/16/21 France 24 years
Bordeaux pro Samuel Kalu collapses with cardiac arrest during a Ligue 1 game
18.08.21, Belgium, 25 years
Belgian soccer player Jente Van Genechten (25) suffers cardiac arrest in the early stages of a cup game.
21.08.21, Turkey, 31 years
Fabrice Sakala (31) from Besiktas Istanbul collapses on the field without interference from the opponent and has to be taken to the hospital
22.08.21, Italy, 29 years
Pedro Obiang from Italian first division club Sassuolo Calcio after Covid vaccination with myocarditis in hospital.
22.08.21, Venezuela, age 30
Venezuelan national marathon champion Alexaida Guedez dies of a heart attack during a 5,000 meter run.
24.08.21, Luxembourg, age 29
JosE dos Reis, a Red Black Pfaffenthal (Luxembourg) player, collapses on the field and has to be resuscitated.
In the C-League Dillenburg (Central Hesse) a player from Hirzenhain collapses, the game is canceled.
05.09.21, France, 16 years
Diego Ferchaud (16 years old) from ASPTT Caen suffers cardiac arrest in a U-18 league match in Saint-LU.
ASV Baden player (Lower Austria) collapses on the field and has to be reanimated.
06.09.21, Italy, 16 years
16-year-old unnamed soccer player in Bergamo suffers cardiac arrest
06.09.21, Belgium, 27 years
Belgian amateur footballer Jens De Smet (27) from Maldegem suffers a heart attack during the game and dies in hospital.
06.09.21, Italy, 13 years
13-year-old soccer player from the Janus Nova club from Saccolongo (Italy) collapses on the field with cardiac arrest
07.09.21, Great Britain, age 17
17 year old soccer player Dylan Rich dies of a double heart attack during a game in England.
Player from the Birati Club M¸nster suffers in a regional league game against FC Nordkirchen II Eriksen fate: collapse with cardiac arrest. Game is canceled
09/10/21, Germany, 24 years
Lucas Surek (24) from BFC Chemie Leipzig has myocarditis.
11.09.21, France, 49 years
Ain / France: Frederic Lartillot succumbs to a heart attack after a friendly match in the locker room
09/11/21, Italy, 45 years
Andrea Astolfi, sports director of Calcio Orsago (Italy) suffers a fulminant heart attack after returning from training and dies at the age of 45 without any previous illness
11.09.21, Denmark, 22 years
Abou Ali (22) collapses with cardiac arrest during a two-tier game in Denmark
11.09.21, Netherlands, 19 years
The ice hockey player Sebastiaan Bos passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.
Anil Usta from VfB Schwelm (Ennepetal) collapses on the field with heart problems
13.09.21, France 33 years
Dimitri Lienard from FC Strasbourg collapses in a Ligue 1 game with heart problems.
14.09.21, USA 37 years
Ex-NFL pro Parys Haralson dies suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 37.
09/18/21, Germany 25 years
Kingsley Coman (25) from FC Bayern Munich had an operation on the heart after an arrhythmia.
18.09.21, Canada 25 years
Canadian college football player Francis Perron passed away shortly after a match.
19.09.21, France 19 years
19-year-old soccer player from FC Nantes suffers cardiac arrest during training
Volleyball trainer Dirk Splisteser from SG Traktor Divitz collapses dead on the sidelines
Assistant referee of a Kreisliga Augsburg game in Emersacker, collapses with heart problems
At the World Cup qualifier for women between Germany and Serbia in Chemnitz, the English linesman Helen Byrne had to be carried off the pitch with heart problems
Game abandoned due to cardiac arrest of the referee in a game of Lauber SV (Donauworth district)
27.09.21, Italy, 20 years
Young rider suffers a heart attack at the end of a tournament.
09/28/21, Germany, 17 years
17-year-old soccer player of the JSG Hoher Hagen has to be reanimated in Hannoversch Munden during the game
28.09.21, Italy, 53 years
53-year-old football coach Antonello Campus collapses while training with his youth team in Sicily
28.09.21, USA, 16 years
Twice vaccinated teen collapses playing soccer and dies soon after.
Team leader Dietmar Gladow from Thalheim (Bitterfeld) suffers a fatal heart attack before the game
A high school football player collapsed during practice and died in the hospital.
A player collapsed in the A 2 regional league game between SV Hoßkirch and TSV Sigmaringendorf. He suffered cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated.
1.10.21, Germany, 15 years
Young goalkeeper Bruno Stein from FC An der Fahner Hohe in Grafentonna, Thuringia, died at the age of 15.
October 3, 21, Austria, 64 years
Ex-goalkeeper coach and most recently talent scout Ernst Scherr suddenly and unexpectedly died.
4.10.21, Germany, 42 years
Alexander Siegfried from VfB Moschendorf suddenly and unexpectedly collapsed and died.
7.10.21, Italy, 17 years
A 17-year-old athlete from Colverde breaks down with cardiac arrest while training.
8.10.21, France, 49 years
SC Massay player suffers a fatal heart attack during the game.
The caddy Alberto Olguin collapses dead on the golf course after a heart attack. It is said to be the second death of its kind within a short period of time.
9.10.21, England, age 29
Shrewsbury professional striker Ryan Bowman has to be treated with a defibrillator after half an hour of play with extreme heart problems.
10.10.21, Italy, 18 years
Football player suddenly faints on the pitch, is reanimated by fellow players.
10.10.21, France, 40 years
After warming up, a Saint-James player suffers a heart attack.
10.10.21, Italy, 59 years
A long-distance runner from Biella dies of heart failure during a race.
In the game between Wacker Mecklenbeck and Fortuna Freudenberg in the women’s Westphalia league, a player collapsed shortly before the end without any opposing influence.
10/12/21 Germany, 25 years
HC TuRa Bergkamen goalkeeper Lukas Bommer dies suddenly and unexpectedly.
13.10.21, Mexico, 16 years
The student Hector Manuel Mendoza dies of a heart attack while training.
14.10.21, Brazil, 18 years
The young professional footballer Fellipe de Jesus Moreira suffered a double heart attack and is fighting for his life.
14.10.21, Italy, 27 years
The multiple cycling champion Gianni Moscon has to undergo surgery because of severe cardiac arrhythmias.
14.10.21, Italy, 53 years
An AH footballer suffers a heart attack while training.
15.10.21, USA, 14 years
The 14-year-old soccer player Ava Azzopardi collapsed on the pitch and is now fighting for her life in an artificial coma.
16.10.21, France, 54 years
AH player Christophe Ramassamy died of a heart attack during a match.
17.10.21, France, 41 years
A soccer player collapsed on the pitch and died, apparently of cardiac arrest.
27.10.21, Austria, 26 years
Ghanaian Raphael Dwamena collapsed with severe heart problems. He was wearing a defibrillator before the incident.
28.10.21, Germany, 48 years
Hertha BSC co-trainer Selim Levent dies suddenly and unexpectedly while on vacation.
28.10.21, USA, 12 years
12-year-old Jayson Kidd collapsed while training basketball and later died.
30.10.21, Spain, 33 years
FC Barcelona striker Kun Aguero had to be replaced in one game due to heart problems. He is now in the hospital for examinations.
Google translate. Also from Germany.
More than 1,800 reported deaths that occurred in connection with COVID-19 vaccinations, including five children who have already died: That is the balance of the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) by the end of September 2021 – a good nine months after the conditional EU- Approval of the vaccine for adults and one and a half months after the vaccination recommendation of the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for twelve to 17 year olds. The comparison with the reporting data that the PEI lists on previous vaccinations with all vaccines indicates a largely ignored risk. In relation to the vaccinated persons, the Federal Institute received around 54 times more death reports in the course of the COVID-19 vaccine than for all other vaccines from the year 2000 to the present combined.
Vaccinations against COVID-19 have been in place in Germany since December 27, 2020. Three quarters of a year later, after almost 107.9 million vaccine doses of the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna and the vector vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, a questionable safety record emerges. This is shown by the safety report published by the PEI last week. In it, the institute lists reported illnesses and deaths in connection with the vaccinations up to September 30th. Accordingly, the total number of reported suspected cases of undesirable vaccine reactions rose by almost 16,000 to 172,188 cases since August 31. These included 21,054 severely affected people (almost 6,000 more than in the previous month) with serious complications. The reported reactions led to death in 1,802 people. The number of those who died shortly after being vaccinated against COVID-19 and who were reported to the PEI grew by 24 percent in one month.
The suspicious activity reports up to September 30th now include hundreds of cases that affect children and adolescents. For the age group of 12 to 17 year olds, the PEI lists a total of more than 1,800 suspected side effects, 405 of which it classified as serious. 98 adolescents had to be treated with a heart muscle inflammation in the hospital. According to the PEI, five of the minors affected died between two and 24 days after the vaccination. The PEI explains about these deaths in its report: “One fatality affects a 16-year-old female adolescent who died of an arrhythmia. Three male adolescents who died had serious previous illnesses. Multiple organ failure, pulmonary hemorrhage, disseminated, intravascular coagulation, septic shock and fever in one case (male, 14 years old), fever and circulatory collapse in the second case (male, 15 years old and pulmonary embolism in the third case (male, 16 years old)). ”
In addition, a twelve-year-old boy died shortly after the vaccination. However, the PEI had “very little, overall inadequate information on the course and the circumstances of death” on this case. According to the institute, the three boys who died with, according to the PEI, had serious previous illnesses “The causal connection with the vaccination cannot be assessed, but the symptoms and the course of the disease are different and have no clinical similarities.”
“They are 800X more dangerous than the smallpox vaccine with respect to death..”
Almost 20 years ago, 60 Minutes ran a story “The Most Dangerous Vaccine” which quoted Paul Offit: “We know if we immunize a million people, that there will be 15 people that will suffer severe, permanent adverse outcomes and one person who may die from the vaccine,” says Dr. Paul Offit, one of the country’s top infectious disease specialists, and he knows all about vaccines that prevent those diseases. In his lab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he studies and creates new vaccines. There’s nothing new about the smallpox vaccine. The vaccine was created in 1796. The vaccine used today is essentially the same, Offit says. “We tend to think of vaccines as being very safe and every effective, which they are. But all the vaccines that we use today are the result of modern technology.
That’s not true of the smallpox vaccine. It has a side effect profile that we, we would not accept for vaccines today,” he says. According to multiple independent analyses summarized here, the death rate from the COVID vaccines used in the US is at least 400 deaths per million doses. That’s 800 deaths per million fully vaccinated. That makes the COVID vaccines the new leader by a long shot: the most dangerous vaccine ever created in history. They are 800X more dangerous than the smallpox vaccine with respect to death, and over 25X worse with respect to permanent disability (since the permanent disability rates are 10% higher than the death rate as you can see from the OpenVAERS redbox summary for US reports).
According to Offit, this rate of death and disability is unacceptable. I couldn’t agree more. I’ve been calling for a halt to these vaccines since May 25, 2021 when I wrote this very long article for TrialSiteNews summarizing what I found after 3 weeks of intensive research. Fast forward to the present. Offit voted to approve these same vaccines for kids at the October 26 VRBPAC meeting because he refuses to look at the safety analysis (done using 8 different data sources). Offit thinks nobody has died or been permanently disabled by these vaccines. What does he think caused all those VAERS reports? I wish I could ask him that question. He doesn’t think there is a single death caused by the vaccine. That’s impossible. The VAERS data shows that virtually all the deaths in VAERS are excess deaths. If the vaccine didn’t cause those deaths, what did? Nobody at the FDA, CDC, or on the committees has figured out that the COVID vaccines are 800X more deadly than the former record holder. I’m pretty sure I’m the first one to figure this out.
“Pfizer takes great care to ensure that all financial responsibility for compensating citizens injured from the inoculations is that of the respective government.”
In February, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism released a damning report on Pfizer, saying negotiators for the drug company had behaved in a “bullying” manner with several Latin American countries. In Argentina they demanded “additional indemnity” against civilians seeking legal compensation after suffering adverse effects from their vaccines. In the agreements, Pfizer takes great care to ensure that all financial responsibility for compensating citizens injured from the inoculations is that of the respective government. The company also enjoys the protection of non-disclosure agreements with many of its nation clients, including the European Commission and the US government. With regards to the EU, Brussels is forbidden from disclosing information that would be “material to Pfizer without the consent of Pfizer,” Public Citizen reported.
In fact, CureVac was being quite generous with the EU Commission, considering it was the only pharmaceutical company that agreed to release its contract to the light of day. Of course there wasn’t much to inspect with all of the redactions, but beggars can’t be choosers, right? In light of the steady pressure bearing down on Brussels, much of it happening behind closed doors, the European Commission has obliquely admitted – almost one year too late, and after the rights and freedoms of European citizens have been crushed underfoot – that they failed to use good judgment when ramming through these emergency vaccines.
Last week, in an overwhelmingly passed resolution (458 in favor, 149 against and 86 abstaining), the EU Parliament demanded legislation that would make “the process of researching, purchasing and distributing Covid-19 vaccines more transparent, stating: “This would enable MEPs to effectively scrutinize EU vaccine policies. At the same time, the Commission should be discussing these policies more openly with citizens.” This shocking statement by the EU Parliament shows how little respect Brussels had for democratic principles when it was negotiating with the vaccine makers, who have, incidentally, reaped a windfall from the pandemic. The parliamentarians, who are coming under fire at home, demanded that “the Commission discloses who negotiates vaccine purchases on its behalf. It should publish purchase agreements made with vaccine suppliers, including details of public investments and vaccine costs, and publicise any potential breaches of contract.”
Then, in what comes off as the understatement of the century, the MEPs are of the opinion that “more information could help counter vaccine hesitancy and disinformation, and pharmaceutical companies should also release extensive clinical trial data and reports.” Oh, you think so? .
Kicking dead bodies.
Families of unvaccinated workers may not receive death benefits if the person dies of COVID-19, says Kaiser Health News. In an article on its website, KHN said the New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is denying $500,000 death benefits to the families of the unvaccinated subway, bus and commuter workers. “It strikes me as needlessly cruel,” lawyer Mark DeBofsky, who represents workers in benefit disputes, told CNN. Other employers are are considering the federal vaccine mandate as justification for denying potential death benefits, or insurance claims based on someone’s vaccination status. “There’s a frustration level, particularly at this point when these vaccines are fully approved,” said the president of the Council for Disability Awareness, Carol Harnett.
“You’re trying to protect yourselves and your employees, both from themselves and the general public.” According to NYMTA, approximately five workers have died as a result of COVID since June 1, when the company’s vaccine policy changed. “We are not aware they have been vaccinated,” said an MTA spokesperson. New York’s MTA is the largest company to announce its policy change concerning death and insurance benefits. The company’s policy change comes after MTA has struggled with increasing vaccination rates, which haven’t surpassed 70% among its workers. MTA’s death benefits are on top of any other life insurance policy an employee may have. The program is an extension of another death benefits program which provides a lump sum to any person who dies on the job.
“Up to 40 percent of TSA workers, who oversee airport security checkpoints, have not gotten vaccinated yet..”
Top Republican Congress members voiced concerns of possible domestic air travel concerns due to President Joe Biden’s pending COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal employees, including Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers. Up to 40 percent of TSA workers, who oversee airport security checkpoints, have not gotten vaccinated yet, the GOP lawmakers wrote in a letter to TSA Administrator David Pekoske. They requested that Pekoske provide an update on whether a staffing shortage of TSA workers looms and if the agency has a contingency plan in place. “Unfortunately, it appears TSA is headed toward a scenario in which up to 40 percent of its workforce may not be compliant with the President’s Executive Order by the November 8 deadline.
“Such a scenario could have severe impacts on transportation security and the aviation, travel, and tourism industries,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), the ranking senator on the Transportation Committee, and Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee. In mid-October, Pekoske told CNN that as many as 4 out of 10 TSA workers, including security screeners, haven’t received the vaccine yet. Pekoske added that his agency is “building contingency plans” over possible staffing shortages. Although Nov. 8 is the deadline for all federal workers to get vaccinated under an executive order signed by Biden in September, Pekoske hasn’t provided an update since his CNN interview aired.
At the time, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said that the vaccination statuses among workers are self-reported to the agency, and Pekoske’s remark doesn’t necessarily mean that 40 percent of TSA workers haven’t received the shot. The Epoch Times has contacted DHS for comment. And while the GOP lawmakers said they believe vaccines are the best way for TSA workers to protect their coworkers and others, they warned that Biden’s mandate may cause “significant disruptions” to air travel and the agency’s operations—namely, as the holiday travel season approaches. “Such a scenario could have severe impacts on transportation security and the aviation, travel, and tourism industries,” they wrote.
“A steep decline in the number of available [security officers] to screen passengers during the upcoming holiday season could have severe impacts on our economy, including small and rural communities such as the ones we represent.” The U.S. Office of Personnel Management in October issued a memo saying federal agencies should begin enforcing the administration’s vaccine mandate starting Nov. 9 for federal workers who still aren’t vaccinated.
The US National Institutes Of Health help Daszak and Fauci to hide their crimes.
The National Institutes Of Health allowed a U.S. nonprofit it funds to police its own controversial research on bat coronaviruses in China, raising new concerns about insufficient oversight at the agency. Detailed notes on NIH communications obtained by The Intercept show that beginning in May 2016, agency staff had an unusual exchange with Peter Daszak, the head of EcoHealth Alliance, about experiments his group was planning to conduct on coronaviruses under an NIH grant called “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence.” The notes were taken by congressional staff who transcribed the emails.
EcoHealth was entering the third year of the five-year, $3.1 million grant that included research with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and other partners. In a 2016 progress report, the group described to NIH its plans to carry out two planned experiments infecting humanized mice with hybrid viruses, known as “chimeras.” The plans triggered concerns at NIH. Two staff members — Jenny Greer, a grants management specialist, and Erik Stemmy, a program officer handling coronavirus research — wrote to EcoHealth Alliance to say that the experiments “appear to involve research covered under the pause,” referring to a temporary moratorium on funding for gain-of-function research that would be reasonably anticipated to make MERS and SARS viruses more pathogenic or transmissible in mammals.
Generally, gain-of-function research involves manipulating viruses to give them new attributes; it becomes of concern to the government when the altered viruses appear likely to cause more severe disease or spread more easily among humans. One of the experiments proposed by EcoHealth Alliance involved making chimeras from the MERS virus. The other experiment used chimeras developed from bat viruses related to SARS. The researchers went on to infect the genetically engineered mice with the altered viruses. Initially, NIH staff appeared intent on enforcing the funding pause. The two administrators requested additional information from EcoHealth Alliance within 15 days and noted that the next round of funding would be withheld until the information was received.
They also asked the group to provide a detailed description of changes that would allow the researchers to pursue their aims without conducting the dangerous experiments. But what happened next sets off alarm bells for biosafety advocates: Agency staff adopted language that EcoHealth Alliance crafted to govern its own work. The agency inserted several sentences into grant materials describing immediate actions the group would take if the viruses they created proved to become more transmissible or disease-causing as the result of the experiments. Although the experiments demonstrate a lack of oversight and present dangers to public health, according to several scientists contacted by The Intercept, none of the viruses involved in the work are related closely enough to SARS-CoV-2 to have sparked the pandemic.
Too much hesitancy.
Canada’s most populated provinces said Wednesday said they will not force health care workers to get Covid vaccines, saying mass layoffs of staff who do not get shots would devastate hospitals. Canada’s government has mandated Covid vaccines for some 300,000 bureaucrats and anyone travelling on planes or trains in the country© Ted ALJIBE Canada’s government has mandated Covid vaccines for some 300,000 bureaucrats and anyone travelling on planes or trains in the country The decisions by the governments of Ontario and Quebec — the provinces hardest hit by the pandemic — were announced separately.
Quebec had originally set a mid-October deadline for its health care workers to be fully vaccinated, but pushed it to back November 15 in hopes that more people might come around. Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube told a news conference that the relatively few holdouts — about 14,000 people or three percent of health care workers in the province — could now opt instead to get frequent Covid testing. “We have tried everything to vaccinate the last three percent,” said Dube, adding that it was “incomprehensible” to him why some doctors or nurses were still refusing to be immunized. “Unfortunately, our health network in our current situation cannot do without these people,” he said.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, meanwhile, said that after weighing the impact of “the potential departure of tens of thousands of health care workers” who refused to get immunized against the current “small number of outbreaks” in hospitals in the province, he decided he would not make vaccines mandatory. Instead, such decisions would be left up to individual hospitals, he said. At a news conference, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott pointed to impacts of mandatory vaccines in other jurisdictions, such as British Columbia having to cancel surgeries and diagnostic tests after suspending more than 3,000 unvaccinated health care workers. Ottawa has mandated Covid vaccines for 300,000 federal bureaucrats as well as anyone travelling on planes or trains in the country, but has not said how many federal workers missed its October 30 deadline to show proof of vaccination. Since Monday, airlines Air Canada and WestJet, and Toronto’s transit agency announced suspensions without pay of more than 1,200 workers in total for failing to get jabs.
“..I was dismissed for doing exactly what I had been hired to do. I was a professor of ethics questioning what I take to be an unethical demand.”
Think back to a couple of years ago—fall 2019, let’s say. What were you doing then? What was your life like? What did you care about? What did you most fear? What DID YOU IMAGINE ABOUT the FUTURE? That’s the person I would like to talk to for the next 15 minutes, + I’ll begin with my own story: At the end I’ll have a FAVOUR to ask plus a little SECRET to share. In the fall of 2019, I was a professor of ethics and ancient philosophy; I taught students critical thinking + the importance of self-reflection, how to ask good questions and evaluate evidence, how to learn from the past and why democracy requires civic virtue. Fast forward to September 16, 2021 when I received a “termination with cause” letter after I questioned, and refused to comply, with my employer’s vaccine mandate.
I was dismissed for doing exactly what I had been hired to do. I was a professor of ethics questioning what I take to be an unethical demand. You don’t have to look very hard to see the irony. Canada is governed by laws which are based on ethics. You could say that ethics are the bedrock beneath our democracy. “The right to determine what shall or shall not be done with one’s own body, and to be free from non-consensual medical treatment, is a right deeply rooted in our common law.” These aren’t my words; they are the words of Justice Sydney Robins of the Ontario Court of Appeal.
With very few exceptions, each person’s body is considered inviolate in Canadian law, and this is the underlying ethos of the Nuremberg Code, a promise to humanity that we would never again endorse uninformed, non-voluntary medical decision-making, even for the patient’s own good, even for the sake of the public good. By definition, vaccine mandates are coercive immunization strategies: in the absence of coercion — the threat of a loss of employment, for example — people would voluntarily agree to do what the mandate is trying to achieve! Employers are holding our careers hostage, and removing our participation in the economy and in public life. Their justification is that “we are in a pandemic,” and we must therefore relinquish autonomy over our bodies for the sake of the public good. So, let’s talk about autonomy and the public good for a minute.
In emergencies, the Parliament and provincial legislatures have a limited power to pass laws that violate certain Charter rights for the sake of the public good. But, to justify those violations, vaccine mandates would need to meet a very high threshold: COVID-19 would, for example, need to be a highly virulent pathogen for which there is no adequate treatment, and the vaccines would need to be demonstrably effective and safe. The current state of affairs in Canada meets neither of these criteria.
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