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LONDON, England, March 24, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Mask mandates and other COVID-related measures may not go away for years, a top English health official suggested. Dr. Mary Ramsay, the head of immunization at Public Health England, claimed that restrictions could persist in the U.K. until all nations deploy coronavirus vaccines.
“People have got used to those lower-level restrictions now, and people can live with them, and the economy can still go on with those less severe restrictions in place,” she told BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday.
“So I think certainly for a few years, at least until other parts of the world are as well vaccinated as we are, and the numbers have come down everywhere, that is when we may be able to go very gradually back to a more normal situation,” Ramsay continued. “We have to look very carefully before any of these restrictions are lifted,” she said.
Her comments follow similar claims by U.K. science advisors in recent weeks. Prof. Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical advisor, told MPs earlier in March that mask use and “test-and-trace” methods may persist beyond the summer.
Last month, a group of public health advisors likewise said that “a baseline of policies which reduce transmission” will continue into the future.
According to the British government’s roadmap to end the lockdowns, all legal limits on social contact will not be lifted until at least June 21, with “all the dates in the roadmap … subject to change.” So-called “life events,” like weddings, may still be saddled with regulations after June, the roadmap indicates.
The U.K.’s extreme COVID-19 response, which includes bans on communal worship and sales of non-essential goods at grocery stores in some places, may begin to ease around Easter, the government has said.
“Non-essential retail, personal care premises, such as hairdressers and nail salons, and public buildings, such as libraries and community centres, will reopen” around mid-April with limitations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office announced in a press release in February.
While British COVID-related measures have ranked among the harshest in the world, the island nation nevertheless has maintained some of the worst COVID-19 case and death numbers. More lenient neighbors, including those with comparable case rates, like France, have seen substantially fewer fatalities.
Powerful nations of the world, including China, the UK, and Canada are discussing plans to require so-called 'vaccine passports' as a condition for travel, and possibly to restrict entry to shopping and entertainment venues.
Israel has already put in place a system to discriminate against those who choose not to take the COVID vaccine, and, in the United States, Joe Biden has signed a new executive order which could pave the way for the implementation of a 'vaccine passport' system. [See more below.]
This kind of medical dictatorship must be resisted, and therefore, we must act quickly before these authoritarian notions take root and spread!
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to SAY NO to government 'vaccine passports.' Tell your legislators to respect your freedom not to vaccinate without fear of repercussion.
People should not have to live in fear of government retribution for refusing a vaccine which is being rushed to market by Big Pharma and their fellow-travelers in NGOs, like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
It would be intolerable and immoral for the government to coerce someone, and their family, to take a COVID vaccine against their will just so they can do their weekly grocery shopping, go to a high school soccer game, travel on public transport, or visit their relatives who live in a different part of the country, or overseas.
Medical freedom must be respected in principle and also in practice.
So, it is now time that our policy-makers listen to all voices involved in this vital conversation, and start to represent those who will not tolerate being punished, restricted, or tracked for refusing an experimental vaccine.
Simply put, legislatures must begin to act as legislatures again.
Questions must be asked. Hearings and investigations must be held. And, the legislatures of each state and country must return to the business of representing the people who voted for them, assuming their rightful place as the originator of legislation.
We will no longer accept the dictates of executive branches without question. And, neither can we accept the dictates of some doctors who seem detached from reality and from science.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which asks national political leaders (as well as state and provincial legislators in the U.S. and Canada) to pledge to respect the rights of those who refuse a COVID vaccine, and NOT introduce 'vaccine passports,' or any other system which would discriminate on the basis of taking the COVID vaccine.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Biden executive order directs government to evaluate ‘feasibility’ of vaccine passports' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-executive-order-directs-government-to-evaluate-feasibility-of-vaccine-passports
'China lobbies WHO to develop COVID vaccine passports for all nations' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/china-lobbies-who-to-develop-covid-vaccine-passports-for-all-nations
'UK advances plans for vaccine passports to travel, enter stores' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/uk-advances-plans-for-vaccine-passports-to-travel-enter-stores
'Canada’s health minister: Gov’t ‘working on the idea of vaccine passports’' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/canadas-health-minister-govt-working-on-the-idea-of-vaccine-passports
'European Commission president plans to introduce vaccine passports' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/european-commission-president-plans-to-introduce-vaccine-passports
'Israel’s ‘Green Passport’ vaccination program has created a ‘medical Apartheid,’ distraught citizens say' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/israels-green-passport-vaccination-program-has-created-a-medical-apartheid-distraught-citizens-say
'LA schools to track every kid using Microsoft’s ‘Daily Pass’ COVID app' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/la-schools-to-track-every-kid-using-microsofts-daily-pass-covid-app
The restrictions ultimately may lead to a massive spike in non-virus deaths, with a projection of around 100,000 lives in jeopardy due to the lockdowns in the U.K., according to the Department of Health. Only 54% of British lives lost during the COVID-19 crisis may be end up being related to the virus itself, government scientists suggested, citing skyrocketing rates of mental health issues and missed medical appointments.
The devastation may be pointless in any case, as the U.K.’s COVID-19 figures suggest. A peer-reviewed paper published by Stanford University researchers in January found that strict measures had “no clear, significant beneficial effect … on case growth in any country.”
“We will be counting the catastrophic health and psychological harms, imposed on nearly every poor person on the face of the earth, for a generation,” Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a co-author of the Stanford paper said about lockdowns recently. “At the same time, they have not served to control the epidemic in the places where they have been most vigorously imposed,” he added, calling them “the single worst public health mistake in the last 100 years.”