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Canada just surpassed us on vaccinations. Good for them, and shame on us

Los Angeles Times

GORDON BAY, Canada — Three months ago, Canada, which has no domestic manufacturer of COVID-19 vaccines, lagged far behind the United States in immunizations. Only 3% of its population was fully vaccinated. Canadians watched glumly as friends and relatives south of the border lined up for shots, while residents of Toronto and Montreal suffered repeated lockdowns.

No longer. Last month, Canada blew past the United States in the share of its population that’s fully vaccinated — 58% as of Friday, versus 49% in the U.S. — to take first place among the seven big industrial democracies. (The United States ranks sixth, ahead of only Japan.)

How did Canada, the country that most closely resembles the United States, do so much better, even though it had to wait longer for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna to deliver their vaccines?

The simple answer is that in Canada, the pandemic didn’t become a politically polarized issue, as it did in the United States.

Canada’s major political parties, including the opposition Conservatives, joined early in full-throated support of mass vaccination. Leading politicians didn’t dismiss immunization as unnecessary, deride mask mandates or attack scientists.

King County has quickly bought 7 hotels for homeless people, but will it be enough?

Source: Seattle Times

As the last guests checked out of the Aurora Avenue Holiday Inn and Suites on July 6, staff called people with reservations to tell them they were having their stays refunded, according to a county spokesperson.

The hotel was closed. Like six others around the county, it’s about to be turned into housing for homeless people.

The county got the keys the next day, and announced the purchase with a press conference the day after. They’d moved so fast, the fridges were still stocked with yogurt, muffins, sausage and biscuits for continental breakfasts.

In just a few months, using bonded money from a new sales tax, King County has bought five hotels for more than $102 million and entered agreements to purchase two more plus an apartment building for likely close to $100 million more. Several have sold at many millions more than their 2020 appraised value, according to King County property records.

Read more: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/homeless/king-county-has-quickly-bought-seven-hotels-for-homeless-but-will-it-be-enough/?utm_source=marketingcloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TSA_080121013638+King+County+grabs+7+hotels+for+homeless+housing_7_31_2021&utm_term=Former%20Subscriber
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