Are governments creating two classes of people — the vaccinated and the unvaccinated?
It would be immoral if we did that. And yet…that seems to be what is happening.
The idea of “vaccine passports” is just the tip of the iceberg. Now it appears that government shelters during a natural disaster are conditional on vaccination status.
On Friday morning, hours after thousands of residents of St. Vincent were evacuated, the La Soufrière volcano on the island erupted for the first time since 1979. A massive plume of ash estimated at 32,000 feet high rose into the air and was headed east to the Atlantic Ocean.
Approximately 16,000 residents live in the “red zone” of the volcano and needed to be evacuated.
But the pandemic is affecting the evacuation operation because the possible spread of a virus is a more serious threat to life than…a volcanic eruption?
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, who ordered the evacuation of residents close to the eruption, is expected on Saturday to tour rescue shelters that have imposed limits on the number of evacuees they take due to COVID-19 protocols.
Source: Reuters (Emphasis added)
Not only are there limits on the rescue shelters, but Prime Minister Gonsalves also said that those who were being evacuated by cruise ship had to be vaccinated.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said in a press conference that people have to be vaccinated if they go aboard a cruise ship or are granted temporary refuge in another island. He said two Royal Caribbean cruise ships are expected to arrive by Friday and a third one in the coming days, as well as two Carnival cruise ships by Friday. Islands that have said they would accept evacuees include St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and Antigua.
“Not everything is going to go perfect, but if we all cooperate … we will come through this stronger than ever,” Gonsalves said…
…Gonsalves added that he highly recommends those who opt to go to a shelter in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an island chain of more than 100,000 people, be vaccinated.
Source: NBC News(Emphasis added)
Watch PM Gonsalves lay it our right here:
So even if you’ve been recently vaccinated, you can’t be evacuated by one of the cruise ships.
Here’s how CBS News reported it in a video that was being spread widely on Conservative Twitter.
There’s just one problem with this…they just don’t have a lot of people vaccinated yet.
Vaccinations have been rolled out in many parts of the world, but not everywhere. Some third-world nations (what the left has decided to call “developing nations” because it sounds more polite) simply don’t have access to enough doses of COVID vaccines for their residents and St. Vincent is one of those countries.
According to the St. Kitt’s & Nevis Observer, as of March 22, St. Vincent and the Grenadines hadn’t received many doses of the vaccine and were only able to administer approximately 9,000 vaccines to their 111,000 residents.
St Vincent and the Grenadines was gifted 5,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from Dominica.
Twenty doses of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V were also received by St Vincent and the Grenadines, through an intermediary.
It also received 40,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Covishield AstraZeneca from the Government of India.
Through the COVAX facility, St Vincent and the Grenadines has been allocated 45,600 vaccine doses.
Over 9,000 vaccine doses have been administered to date.
Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer
Admittedly, that was several weeks ago, but according to the CNN tracker, St. Vincent and the Grenadines have administered 10,519 doses as of April 10. That’s because they lacked vaccines to administer.
Fortunately, COVAX, the international vaccine bank provided the country with the first installment of 45,000 doses of vaccine — 24,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine. But that was just two days before the volcano erupted.
Bridgetown, Barbados, 7 April 2021 (PAHO / WHO) – St. Vincent and the Grenadines today received 24,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility, a global effort between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Gavi, UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The arrival marks a historic step toward ensuring the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, in the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history. This delivery is part of the first phase of deliveries for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and more vaccines are expected to arrive successively during 2021. According to the first round of COVAX allocations, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is expected to continue receiving doses through May until it reaches 45,600, the amount specified by COVAX.
PAHO’s Revolving Fund, which is responsible for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for the countries of the Americas under the COVAX Mechanism, sent 24,000 doses of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine, manufactured by SK Bioscience of South Korea. The vaccines arrived today at the Argyle International Airport.
Source: Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
According to KOIN 6 in Portland, those staying in shelters “would be tested for COVID-19, and that anyone who tests positive would be taken to an isolation center.”
The falling ash is making it difficult to breathe on St. Vincent.
Extremely heavy ashfall rained down on parts of the Caribbean island of St Vincent on Saturday and a strong sulfur smell enveloped communities, a day after a powerful explosion at La Soufriere volcano uprooted the lives of thousands who evacuated under government orders….
…Conditions worsened overnight in settlements near the volcano as ash covered homes, cars and streets. Lush green scenery had turned gray and gloomy, with people leaving footprints as they walked through the soot…
…“It’s difficult to breathe,” Gonsalves said, adding that while the volcano’s venting had diminished, a big plume of ash and smoke remained. “What goes up must come down.”
He asked people to remain calm and keep protecting themselves from the coronavirus as he celebrated that no deaths or injuries were reported after the eruption in the northern tip of St Vincent, part of an island chain that includes the Grenadines and is home to more than 100,000 people.
Source: The Guardian
“Keep calm and protect yourself from the virus,” says the Prime Minister as a massive volcano erupts and threatens thousands of lives while he prioritizes the lives of the vaccinated.
Is this the “new normal” — prioritizing people’s lives based on their vaccination status which, in some cases, is completely out of their control?
If it is, then it’s really, really messed up.