Covid news live: US deaths rise 40% on last week, CDC says; German chancellor calls for mandatory vaccination of all adults

US coronavirus hospitalisations increased by 33% and deaths are up by 40% from a week earlier, Germany should make vaccinations mandatory for all adults, Olaf Scholz says

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Quebec’s proposal to tax unvaccinated people may be lawful but may also go against the spirit of Canada’s universal public health system, rights and medical experts say.

Premier François Legault announced the new “contribution” for the unvaccinated on Tuesday, though his government would not say how the tax would be levied, when or against whom.

I’ve not seen anything like this in Canada before. I’m worried about the precedent it would set.”

I think that we would be completely forgetting our system of coverage and universal health insurance. We know that about 40 per cent of illnesses are preventable. If we start taxing all the sick people for the bad decisions they made at some point in their lives, we’re going off the rails.”

If you want to be consistent and logical, you should charge all sorts of people for their hospitalisation if it’s based on behaviour that they’re ‘responsible’ for,” she said “… And it’s incredibly tricky to figure out what that looks like.”

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