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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: As Ontario's The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommended not to use Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for people 65 and over, experts say that it should be a priority to administer Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to essential workers who are more prone to contract and transmit COVID-19.
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Although Health Canada authorized the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine's use last week for all adults, health experts expressed concern about its effectiveness at preventing COVID-19 being about 62 percent in contrast to about 95 percent efficacy reported by Pifzer-BioNTech and Moderna.
However, Health Canada's chief medical adviser, Dr. Supriya Sharma, said after the vaccine was approved last Friday more information is forthcoming showing efficacy may be higher for Oxford-AstraZeneca.
Canada has ordered 24 million doses of the vaccine, with most of them expected to arrive from the United States between April and September. British Columbia's Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said essential workers including first responders, teachers, and those who work in poultry factories where outbreaks have occurred may be offered the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine sooner, depending on availability.
She said that while people will have limited choice on whether they could wait for the other two vaccines they should take the first vaccine that is offered.
Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, told reporters on Monday that although Ontario has not decided about who is essential when it comes to vaccine rollout, that question is being considered by the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force.