Alabama health officials warn Saskatchewan: Don’t repeat our mistakes in COVID-19 battle – CBC

Alabama and Sask. have among the highest COVID infection rates and lowest vaccination rates in each country

Sep 14, 2021

It has one of the country’s highest COVID-19 infection rates and lowest vaccination rates.

Hospital admissions are soaring, with many surgeries and other medical care cancelled or delayed.

For weeks, its medical community has called for indoor mask mandates and vaccine passports to curb the spread of COVID-19, but its political leadership repeatedly resists those calls, citing individual freedoms.

This describes the situation in Saskatchewan, but also the American state of Alabama.

Alabama health professionals interviewed by CBC News say their case numbers began to spike earlier than those in Saskatchewan, but the province is trending in the same direction. They say Saskatchewan should learn from the unnecessary tragedy and death sweeping their state.

They say the solution is simple: Leaders should make decisions based on expert advice and evidence, not political calculations.

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