#Ontario; #ThirdWaveOfCovid19; #YoungerAdults
Ontario/Canadian-Media: With Ontario reporting 1,745 new cases of COVID-19 cases, one of the highest case counts logged in past 6 weeks, medical experts across Ontario are increasingly concerned that the province has entered the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Another 39 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant have been logged by Ontario today.
Another serious concern of these health experts is the anecdotal evidence of recent serious infections among younger adults with increasing vulnerability of the younger population as opposed to previously held notions that the elderly are more vulnerable.
The shift in the direction of the pandemic towards younger adults has been attributed by Ontario's Clinicians and epidemiologists to multiple factors including the timely unavailability of Covid-19 vaccines for vulnerable populations, thereby increasing the vulnerability of the younger adults.
After Premier Doug Ford got reports of younger adults falling ill, Ford said on Thursday, "I've heard some people say it's a race, the virus versus
Seven-day average of new infections now stands at 1,480, up from 1,269 last Friday and 1,063 two weeks ago.
Hospitalizations also rose to 759 on Friday, up from 730 one day earlier and 676 last week. There are now 309 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, according to the Ministry of Health, up from 282 last week.
#Covid19Vaccination; #HealthCanada; #Covid19VaccineEfficacy
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canadians have been advised not to consider efficacy rates of COVID-19 vaccines in to delay vaccination to prevent the lengthening the time it takes to get the pandemic under control, said Dr. Peter Liu, scientific director of Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table today.
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"If people start to do that, they actually prevent Canadians from moving slowly back to normal," he said and added that long-term care homes are the only settings where it makes sense to use the highest efficacy vaccines, as residents are at extreme risk.
For most people, "there is no such thing as a bad vaccine," he said
Efficacy rates determined by Health Canada for both Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines to be around 95 percent, AstraZeneca-Oxford's vaccine efficacy rate of 62 percent, and Johnson & Johnson's efficacy rate of 66.9 percent.
But Liu told the Canadian Press that out of thousands of participants in trials for the vaccines, not a single person who received a shot died or was hospitalized from COVID-19, CBCNews reported.
#BC; #InteriorHealthRegion; #NewOutbreakOfCovid19reported; #Covid19Infection
British Columbia/Canadian-Media: Declaration of a new outbreak of COVID-19 at the Cottonwoods Care Centre in B.C.'s Interior Health region was reported Mar 8 where staff and residents had already received vaccines, the provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Monday in a live news conference.
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Henry said being vaccinated doesn't mean transmission and precautions stop for seniors and care homes
"You can have transmission even when people are fully vaccinated," she said. "The illness seems to be milder and doesn't transmit as much [and we] won't see rapid explosive outbreaks" and added that by the end of this month, the province will give new guidance to allow for increased visits at long-term care centers.
Two staff members and 10 residents have tested positive at the Cottonwoods long-term care facility in Kelowna, with some cases who had received two doses of the very high uptake of the vaccines.
"This serves to remind us that, while we are confident vaccine is very effective and prevents severe illness and death, it doesn't necessarily mean that all transmission will be stopped." said Henry.
#Toronto; #Covid19Vaccines; India; #AstraZenecaVaccine
Toronto/Canadian-Media: As committed by India's President Narendra Modi to his Canadian counterpart Prime Minister Trudeau on Feb 10, a consignment of half-a-million doses of the India-made Covishield vaccines (AstraZeneca vaccines) were airlifted to Canada from India on a commercial cargo flight and arrived in Toronto morning of March 3.
Image: Anand and Bisaria receiving AstraZeneca vaccines in Toronto. Image credit: IndiaInToronto Twitter handle
As part of a commercial agreement between the Serum Institute of India and Verity Pharmaceuticals of Canada to supply 2 million vaccines by May, the first allotment was received jointly by Ajay Bisaria, High Commissioner of India to Canada, and the Federal Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand at the Innomar warehouse in Toronto.
Anand, a leader in Canadian efforts to procure vaccines, played a key role in concluding the deal with the Serum Institute.
Congratulating Verity CEO, Howard Glase on this pioneering deal Bisaria said, “India is proud to support Canada’s vaccination program. With more than 60 percent of global vaccine manufacturing capacity, India believes in vaccine internationalism and is providing a healing hand as the world recovers from this deadly pandemic.”
The supply of vaccines was a reflection of the strategic partnership between India and Canada, said Bisaria, and underlined India’s commitment, as the pharmacy of the world, to help the global community to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing the United Nations (UN) in Sep 2020, Modi assured the world that India representing over 60 percent of the global vaccine production capacities would be shared with the rest of the world.
Viewing the COVID-19 pandemic as a global humanitarian crisis, India with its advanced pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturing capacities has provided personal protection equipment, medicines, and respirators to other nations as assistance in their respective battles with COVID-19.
India with its largest immunization program in the world with 16 million already vaccinated and 270 million expected to be covered by July, India has balanced domestic requirements of vaccines with overseas commitments by providing vaccine doses to more than 40 other countries across the world as part of its Vaccine Maitri initiative, both as gifts and on a commercial basis.
As a member of the GAVI-COVAX alliance, India has also pledged to supply an additional 10 million doses to Africa and 1 million doses to UN health workers.
Ontario; #LongTermHomes; #ViolationOfInfectionControlMeasures; #Covid19Pandemic
Ontario/Canadian-Media: Violation of crucial infection prevention and control measures by Ontario long-term care homes were still being caught by the inspectors even after ten months into the COVID-19 pandemic, media reports said.
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Some of these violations included improper screening, failure to take temperatures of visitors, or not ensuring they were wearing masks as they entered or left the premises, staff being unaware of the correct personal protective equipment to wear and lack of hygiene while taking care of residents; and hand sanitizer not being available in all areas of the home.
According to a CBC News data investigation 1 in 12 long-term care facilities in Ontario, between June 2020 and January 2021 were caught breaking COVID-specific government directives, many of these occurred during or after outbreaks.