Jamaica Economy Panel discusses vaccine hesitancy and the need for strong information campaigns

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It has been disconcerting, frustrating and at times quite depressing to discuss vaccine hesitancy in Jamaica and elsewhere on social media. My heart sinks further when I read reports today about protests in St. Vincent (where the 75-year-old Prime Minister was injured during a demonstration, and is apparently not quite recovered) and in Barbados and Antigua, over their governments’ plans to insist on vaccinations, especially in government positions. “This is about freedom – freedom of choice,”said one Barbadian leader of the protest. He suggested that all Caribbean islands are united in their anti-vaccination stance. What road will this lead us all down?

St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves reacts moments after he was struck in the head by an object during COVID-19 related protests, in Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines August 5, 2021 in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. Asberth…

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Fake fish enters the plant-based market; Long John Silver’s, Whole Foods lead the charge

The two offerings developed by subsidiary Good Catch are available at fast food chain Long John Silver’s for a limited time, in locations across California and Georgia. Meanwhile, the company also has a partnership with Whole Foods, Amazon’s (AMZN) upscale grocery.  Fake fish isn’t anything new, as imitation shellfish, primarily for people with allergies, has been a grocery store staple for years.  Yet Gathered Foods is blazing a commercial trail recently created by plant-based purveyors like Beyond Meat (BYND) and Impossible Foods. Their products have debuted in well-known chains like Panda Express, KFC, Burger King, Starbucks (SBUX) and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Source: Fake fish enters the plant-based market; Long John Silver’s, Whole Foods lead the charge

Once again, Republicans are scapegoating Mexicans for US woes | Miami Herald – Mexican migrants aren’t spreading COVID in the U.S. No, Republicans are doing that

Now that they’ve been proven wrong with their ridiculous claims that President Biden is a Socialist, and that the stock market would collapse, and that the U.S. economy would plummet under Biden’s administration, former President Trump and his right-wing followers are reverting to their original playbook: racism.

Source: Once again, Republicans are scapegoating Mexicans for US woes | Miami Herald

New CDC Study: Vaccination Offers Higher Protection than Previous COVID-19 Infection | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC

“If you have had COVID-19 before, please still get vaccinated,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “This study shows you are twice as likely to get infected again if you are unvaccinated. Getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others around you, especially as the more contagious Delta variant spreads around the country.” Source: New CDC Study: Vaccination Offers Higher Protection than Previous COVID-19 Infection | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC

Russia May Be Spreading Vaccine Misinformation to Undermine Efforts to Immunize People – Slashdot

Both Russia and China have worked to promote their own vaccines through messaging that undermines American and European vaccination programs, according to the State Department’s Global Engagement Center. But in addition to overt messaging promoting their own vaccines, Moscow has also spread conspiracy theories. Last year, the department began warning about how Russia was using fringe websites to promote doubts around vaccinations… The aim of various Russian groups continues to be to exacerbate tensions in Western societies, a key foreign policy goal of Moscow, according to American officials briefed on the disinformation efforts… Source: Russia May Be Spreading Vaccine Misinformation to Undermine Efforts to Immunize People – Slashdot

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