Re. Claudette Kelly’s letter What is debate really about? (Castanet, Sept. 22),
The Covid MRNA vaccines are indeed classified as vaccines by The World Health Organization, Health Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the U.S Food and Drug Administration and the American Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, amongst other recognized public health organizations.
Perhaps your confusion arises from the fact the MRNA vaccines are relatively novel.Those approved vaccines were never intended to eradicate Covid from the human population but to slow the spread of the disease and decrease the severity of the symptoms to reduce hospital admissions and death rates.
Were they effective? Without a doubt, as that has been studied to death.
The Canadian Institute of Health Research, the CDC, the World Health Organization, the United Kingdom Health Security Agency, along with countless other recognized and reputable public health organizations all have countless studies supporting Covid MRNA vaccine effectiveness.
(The writer) asks, "what will it take to end societal division on this topic?” Personally, I believe this will persist as long as a vocal few insist on doubting the experts and doing their own research when they obviously lack the knowledge and expertise to do anything of the sort.