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THAT’S IT FOR 2020 – “Thank goodness, it’s the last one,’ a masked Premier Sandy Silver seems to be saying as he celebrates the final COVID-19 media briefing of the year this morning.

COVID-19’s eradication not likely, Hanley says

Yukon officials were quick this morning to pour some cold water on the notion that the COVID-19 virus is functionally eradicated in the territory.

By Tim Giilck on December 22, 2020

Yukon officials were quick this morning to pour some cold water on the notion that the COVID-19 virus is functionally eradicated in the territory.

It’s been a week since a case was discovered in the territory, and there are currently no active cases.

Still, both Dr. Brendan Hanley and Premier Sandy Silver downplayed the idea the virus has been extirpated, even for the moment.

“It would be premature to say that,” Hanley told the weekly COVID-19 media briefing. “I would never go that far.”

He said he “would not be surprised there are cases in the Yukon that have not been recognized.”

While he’s not particularly concerned with individual cases as part of the overall perspective, Hanley said, his concern is to watch for signs of community and forward transmission.

For the moment, though, there is “no further evidence of community transmission.

“But it’s just waiting for an opportunity to spread.”

Hanley said he doubts the virus will ever be truly eradicated. It’s more likely to become an endemic disease, similar to the seasonal bouts of influenza that occur every year.

It’s not inconceivable, though, the virus could vanish as suddenly as it appeared.

Hanley said there’s a chance COVID-19 could turn out to be a disease like the SARS virus of the early 2000s, which wreaked havoc and then mysteriously disappeared, although he doubts that would be the case.

He didn’t offer any idea of what kind of numbers or situation would enable him to say say the virus was functionally eradicated in the Yukon.

Both he and Silver stressed that while the recent outbreak that saw cases erupt from 15 to 59 over the course of the last six weeks or so may be over, the public still needs to adhere strictly to practising the Safe Six standards and continue to mask up in public.

That’s particularly true over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period, they said.

Silver said government and medical officials will be watching carefully for signs that travel and visiting will spark another outbreak.

“The reality of this being a very different Christmas is coming home for many people,” Hanley said. “It will be difficult for many people this year.”

“It can spread incredibly quickly,” Silver added. “We can’t let our defences down.”

That’s especially true, he said, because the public might be looking at the numbers and the promise the first vaccines will be made available in January, and come to the erroneous conclusion that everything is fine.

Last week, Yukon government officials participated in a dry run for the delivery of the Moderna vaccine, Silver added.

No announcement of that was made at the time.

Other sites around Canada, including Yellowknife, also took part in the exercise, which went very well, Silver said.

Once the vaccines start rolling, the territory is looking at some kind of documentation people who have been vaccinated can carry.

The government is taking a cautious approach to that idea, Hanley said, since it can see how such “immunity passports” could be abused.

The Moderna vaccine has yet to be approved by Health Canada, Silver said, but could be available as soon as 48 hours after the decision is made.

Comments (25)

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DL on Dec 28, 2020 at 11:04 pm

Our government gets its lockdown marching orders from the WHO, so then let's take a good look at what they do:

WHO (secretly) changed their definition of “Herd Immunity”
Global health body dishonestly alters meaning, claims you need a vaccine to achieve it

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DL on Dec 28, 2020 at 11:02 pm

See how we're being strung along. With the carrot forever out of reach, because they keep moving the goal posts. They've ordered a closed border, and masks, to continue even when we have the vaccine. But that's not all.

As I predicted, just as soon as the vaccine was delivered, they now claim there is a new mutated form of the virus. So now I predict they'll soon announce we'll have to stay in lockdown until they produce a vaccine for that one too.

The scamdemic has been a dream come true for snake oil vaccine salesmen.

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Lost In the Yukon on Dec 24, 2020 at 3:29 pm

History will not be kind to Hanley or Silver.

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Groucho d'North on Dec 24, 2020 at 2:51 pm

@ Max Mack
I'm sure the verification paperwork program was a compromise because you can be sure somebody put tattoos on the table as an option.

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Anie on Dec 24, 2020 at 2:45 pm

Fred Norris - think about it. Bill Gates etc., planted Dr. Hanley in the Yukon years ago, in advance of the pandemic, so that all 35,000 Yukoners could be duped because, er, because, well gosh there must be some grand secretive scheme afoot and the Yukon is a vital component because.....well, there must be some reason. Sure can't be that he wants to live here, no, must be a plot somewhere. I don't want to be rude, but do you have any idea how silly this all sounds?

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DWD on Dec 24, 2020 at 1:06 pm

60 cases in the Yukon since this started. 59 fully recovered, one death.
Canada wide 534,500+ cases, 442,500+ recovered, 14,700+ deaths.
Worldwide 79,500,000+ cases, 55,900,000+ recovered, 1,746,000+ deaths.
Less than 1% of the remaining open cases are serious or critical.

This is a 97% survival rate overall in Canada, and worldwide.
Even greater in the Yukon. Yet, all of the talk of Herd Immunity.
For this to be achieved, they say, the vaccine is needed.

Anyone with a small dose of common sense can see that what is called Herd Immunity has already been achieved without any vaccine. And why all of the media coverage of folks getting jabbed? Most are so fake it is laughable. Why the thrust to convince the public? The propaganda machine is in full force.

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Confused on Dec 24, 2020 at 12:59 pm

I don't even want to comment on the pros and cons of the vaccine or the hoax/no-hoax of the pandemic. But can someone please explain to me what the issue with the paperwork is? For DECADES we've had to carry around proof of vaccination for some international travel (yellow fever, cholera, typhus, you-name-it), or for personal tracking/safety (diphteria, tetanus etc). So what is the problem with this specific one? Honest question, no sarcasm here, I don't get it??!!

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Thomas Brewer on Dec 24, 2020 at 11:51 am

It's not In Hanley's personal interest to have this pandemic end, he's pulling in cash hand over fist and wallowing in the glow of his adoring lemmings.

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Disappointed on Dec 24, 2020 at 9:51 am

Time for the anti-vaxxers to make their grand re-appearance, just what we need.
Also, some of these comments hurt my faith in humanity, points if you can figure out which.

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Mr M on Dec 24, 2020 at 9:30 am

These rules for COVID 19 are getting ridiculous. Just seen a lady downtown and she is supposed to be isolating with her daughter at home because she flew in from BC. She was shopping downtown in Wal Mart. She isn't isolating with her daughter. I have read the rules and I know for a fact because her husband said she was staying with her daughter at their other house and they can spend some time together. To bad people just can't live by the rules until this thing is nipped in the butt. The same as the so called Festival. No Social distancing there either. Hope everyone has a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New and better Year.

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Fred Norris on Dec 23, 2020 at 8:43 pm

@ Max Mack
“ Who controls the Yukon's policies? Bill Gates? “
Yes. He does. Via his proxy and student, Dr. Brendan Hanley
Hanley received his MPH from the Bloomberg school of public health at Johns Hopkins University (this group brought us Event 201, as well as Operation Dark Winter). Heavily subsidized by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Hanley’s alma mater with the assistance from every CMOH office planet-wide has been involved from day 1 in covid-19 data collection and mapping by way of the JHU Covid dashboard. Hanley’s role as the placeholder and parrot of the WHO will soon be complete. Now, vaccination and tracking is coming (nah, it’s here already). How did the Yukon get so lucky as to land such a well-heeled and well-trained member of the pharmaceutical-industrial complex? This doctor never has, and never will, put the priorities of Yukon citizens ahead of those he owes for his position.
“You have done well, Lord Hanley”

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JC on Dec 23, 2020 at 7:23 pm

Max Mack and Patti Eyre: Today a plastic card, in the near future, a mark on the hand or forehead. This card is just a precursor.

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JC on Dec 23, 2020 at 7:18 pm

Yukoner that had enough: Don't expect Larry to answer that letter. He only responds to letters that make him and his Lib party look good. I know, I have sent him both kinds over the past years since he was MP. But hey, he still sends us all his Christmas news letter.

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Max Mack on Dec 23, 2020 at 2:13 pm

"Once the vaccines start rolling, the territory is looking at some kind of documentation people who have been vaccinated can carry."
These tyrants are out of control. On the one hand, they say that the restrictions are going to continue indefinitely because (essentially) they don't trust the vaccine. But, they are also going to require people to carry around a "vaccine certificate". A certificate for a vaccine that may or may not grant any level of immunity or prevent the transmission of the virus.

Who controls the Yukon's policies? Bill Gates?

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Patti Eyre on Dec 23, 2020 at 12:55 pm

I got my yellow fever vacc and the paperwork to prove it, I have no problem doing this to help keep others safe. Folks if you don’t want to help, please just keep it to yourself!

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George on Dec 22, 2020 at 9:16 pm

Documentation to show vaccination? Are you kidding me? You're scared of covid you take the vaccine, I'm not so I won't. You want to take away my privileges for my choice? Let's talk smoking, alcohol, fast food, and the million other unrepentant choices. Gonna take away privileges there too? Time to take a look at our society and where this is going,

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DMZ on Dec 22, 2020 at 8:01 pm

Why didn't they say anything about the dry run while it was happening? Fortin was actually saying it was in progress on national media, why not tell us? I was wondering why nobody said anything here. Might have broken the tedium of the Rod McKuenesque press conferences.

I want to see a photo of the plane landing with the vaccine. Or is that going to be top secret. Big milestones in our lives are Sandy Silver's to share as he chooses, I guess.

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Yukoner that had enough on Dec 22, 2020 at 7:39 pm

Answer us this Hanley.............
Stacy McKee
Lot 31 Springer Road
Whitehorse, Y1A 5M2
December 21, 2020
Larry Bagnell
MLA for Lake Laberge
Yukon Conservative Party

Honourable Larry Bagnell:
It has been announced on December 14, 2020 by the World Health Organization that the Nucleic acid testing (NAT) technologies that use real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for detection of viruses has not been used correctly. This has created a situation of false positives everywhere this testing has been used. The PCR test only tests for DNA fragments. It does not test for a covid-19 virus. If you are not sick and you test positive, it just means you have fragment of DNA of any covid virus. The flu vaccine contains fragments of a covid virus’s so if you had a flu vaccine you will test positive. Anything after 30 cycles produce false positives. After that the higher the cycle, the falser the positives are created.
It is now coming out that these false positive tests are being considered unlawful. Portugal has determined the lockdowns based on these unreliable tests are illegitimate. In Florida USA the government is requesting the labs reveal their “cycle threshold”. The creator of the test, Dr Karry Mullis PhD, stated “The PCR test doesn’t tell you that you are sick, and it doesn’t tell you that what you ended up with, really was going to hurt you. Anyone can test positive for anything as long as you run it (PCR), long enough”.
How many false positives are in our case numbers? Now that this has come to light when will there be an adjustment made to these falsified statistics? Will there be an apology for how we have been deceived? Will there be charges laid for falsifying a pandemic and destroying many people’s lives and livelihoods?


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Josey Wales on Dec 22, 2020 at 7:01 pm

Hey Matthew...yup, full stop.
Also a fact in Auschwitz, infamous death camp in Poland under German/ NAZI rule...
Camp Kanada... a component of that camp that warehoused all personal things taken from those "processed" in said death camp.
Called such by prisoners because the promise of things, everything one needed was "plenty" if one was a good slave.

Of course they received nothing but promises and eventually death despite "obedience" and "compliance"
Oddly enough there was a fake pandemic at the time in Germany too before Poland fell. *Kung Flu is actually real just epic overreaction/power grab*
Those National Socialists then? They used the race card too, blamed the jews.

The rest is history that should be taught in every school, but public school is too distracted with revisionist history & white shame.
Seems we forget that a ideologically driven monster (crazy Austrian) was just a man. A man that gave orders, orders to be followed by?
Other ordinary men that morphed to madness "doing their jobs"

11 months after we were "asked" to give 2 weeks?
Political theater, political opportunity, political attack on the very people that used to be 1st world free people. The CCoR&F's is butt wipe, as the CDN dollar soon will be. I have had enough of health Crats dictating to me, political blowholes too.

Masks are appropriate even in these times, as they are acting as bandits.
Doctors and robbers wear masks ...I do not.

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JC on Dec 22, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Might just last forever: And think of the tax loop holes he gets to enjoy. 'While the rest of us paupers have to pay taxes so the gov. workers can get their high salaries topped up every year. Karl Marx would be so proud knowing how his program worked out.

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JC on Dec 22, 2020 at 4:25 pm

Now they're telling us Health Canada hasn't approved the Moderna vaccine yet. Huh? Why didn't they tell us this before? Who hasn't waken up from their nap yet. And how can Dr. Hanley tell us that the vaccine will be available sometime in January, when it hasn't even been approved yet. Does Trump have to tell you guys. After all it was he that created the "warp speed" program - which by the way, bunker joe will get the credit for. Anyway, don't tell us when it's going to be available until it's been approved.

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Matthew on Dec 22, 2020 at 3:39 pm

"Once the vaccines start rolling, the territory is looking at some kind of documentation people who have been vaccinated can carry"

We've seen this before folks, in the 1930s and 40s... how did that turn out? Well it turned out well for the UN, WHO and IMF all of which were created after WWII. Mind boggling how crazy this has become, especially with a survival rate of over 98%!! With the 12000+ deaths Canada has had over 80% were old people with several underlying conditions with a compromised immune system!
If people who are willing to be vaccinated WHY are they so concerned with people who haven't been? That tells anyone with common sense they don't believe in the vaccine to begin with. I still haven't found a legitimate rebuttal for that statement, I doubt I ever will.. like I said a few times now, covid WILL mutate, guess what, it has! Want to learn something quite interesting? Dig deep into "Event 201" and you'll see why so many are calling this a "plandemic"..

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Might just last forever, eh? on Dec 22, 2020 at 2:32 pm

Dr. Hanley is getting a quarter million dollar a year "Covid top-up' to his chief medical officer paycheck of approximately $475,000 a year, resulting in a total pay package of $727,000, or just over $60,000 a month.

This information was shared by the people taking YG to court to find out what they are basing their lock down actions on.
Damn straight he'll never go so far as to say covid has been functionally eradicated in the Yukon. Gee, this gig might just go on forever!

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Juniper Jackson on Dec 22, 2020 at 2:12 pm

So, for those hurrying to get a vaccination... the only thing that changes is they have a sore arm? And for those waiting awhile to see the outcome of a poorly tested RNA (brand new method, which has been rejected by the FDA for 20 years) nothing changes at all..we don't even have a sore arm. And anti vaxxers? Well..who knows.

So, I am wearing a thin piece of paper over my nose and mouth that won't protect me because it's not a 3 layer mask with a poly filter.. because the government passed a law saying I have to.

I didn't propose this, but I wished I had.. DO NOT vaccinate our front line health care workers first. Vaccinate ALL of the politicians first.. and Premier Hanley, Herr Silver etc. If the vaccination doesn't work, we need our health care workers.

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Wilf Carter on Dec 22, 2020 at 1:07 pm

This all makes sense because of the unknown

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