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Letters: Share the vaccine formula so we can make more faster

24December 2020

Share the vaccine formula

It appears we have two approved vaccines that are both highly effective in preventing Covid 19 infections. Multiple other vaccines await further testing and approval.

Why can’t the already approved vaccine formulas be shared with other potential manufacturers to immediately increase the production and availability of effective vaccines?

Why do we need to wait for testing and approval of new formulas when we seem to already have formulas that are proven to be effective?

Rick Gavin, Eagan

 

Mandate reasoning?

With the positive Covid-19 trends in Minnesota, I thought the governor would “dial back” on his restrictions on restaurants and bars. As we all know, that did not happen and I anticipated the governor offering substantive data in support of his ongoing mandates. No such data was provided. The governor mumbled about Minnesota’s cases dropping faster than surrounding states, but no numbers were provided. All of these states have fewer restrictions in place, so where’s the data showing their trends are so terrible compared to ours? The health commissioner also mentioned Sturgis last week to justify the restrictions in place. Really?

The time has passed where our governor can enact mandates unquestioningly. In the spring it seemed prudent to enact broad shutdowns in the face of significant unknowns. Ten months in, that no longer applies. When our governor wants to take away the ability of restaurant and bar owners to stay afloat he had better have solid data supporting his decision. The time when “it might help” has passed. The pandemic itself has hit the hospitality industry hard, but thus far, it appears that the mandates are having a significant impact, not on the spread of Covid, but on needlessly demolishing Minnesota’s restaurants and bars.

Allison Kirchhoff, Stillwater

 

AG’s doing his job

So Senate Majority Leader Gazelka has threatened to cut the budget for the Attorney General’s Office for cracking down on bars that are defying the virus restrictions.  (And this was just after Sen. Gazelka shamefully declared that state legislators should be at the head of the line to receive the vaccine. Apparently ahead of us seniors, teachers, etc.)

I once worked at the AG’s Office. Someone in the state Legislature at the time also got mad at us for doing our job, and cut our budget. I know because I (being down on the totem pole) was cut, although I had nothing to do with the issue at hand. I was a broke single mom at the time, and I have a really long-g memory.

The Attorney General doesn’t make the laws. He, or she, is supposed to help enforce them.  Shame on you, Sen. Gazelka, for targeting him for doing his job. Grow up and do yours.

It really stings that you are from my home town.

Carol Turnbull, Woodbury

 

An ugly thing

I believe that anyone can hate President Trump for whatever reason they choose. Even so-called tolerant Democrats. But a letter from a writer in Sunday’s paper insinuated that since the election, President Trump “has done nothing to improve the lives of the people he swore to protect” and “he has not said one word to reassure the American public” in regard to Covid. This on the heels of a week where the first Pfizer Covid vaccines were administered and the FDA approval of a Moderna Covid vaccine. And all while President Trump was touting the success of his “Operation Warp Speed” initiative.  But then I’ve always said that hate is an ugly thing.

Don Anderson Jr. Cottage Grove

 

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