Health Canada approves Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

05 Mars, 2021, 19:38 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Canada's Vaccine Panel Recommends 4 Months Between COVID Doses

Health Canada has become the first major regulator to approve four different vaccines. In its statement late last week - posted the day before the Food and Drug Administration cleared the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for use in the USA - the archdiocese stopped short of advising Catholics not to take the J&J product, but added that Catholics should choose coronavirus vaccines made by Moderna or Pfizer - if they are available.

In a statement, the Brunswick, New Jersey-based company said it planned to provide the 10 million doses by the end of September.

"Based on emerging evidence of the protection provided by the first dose of a two dose series for COVID-19 vaccines now authorized in Canada, NACI recommends that, in the context of limited COVID-19 vaccine supply, jurisdictions should maximize the number of individuals benefiting from the first dose of vaccine by extending the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine up to four months after the first", reads the updated guidelines.

"Extending the dose interval to four months allows NACI to create opportunities for protection of the entire adult population within a short timeframe", NACI said.

That is up from the three week maximum first suggested when vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna were first approved.

The vaccine effectiveness of the first dose will be monitored closely and the decision to delay the second dose will be continuously assessed based on surveillance and effectiveness data and post-implementation study designs, the panel wrote.

Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is giving the green light for provinces to delay second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine up to four months.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a January statement that "abortion-derived" cell lines were used to test the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines but not in their development or production.

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The vaccine's side effects are similar to what you might have with other vaccines and Health Canada says the found side effects were "mild or moderate".

The vaccine, manufactured at the Serum Institute of India, is the third COVID-19 shot approved for use in Canada.

Health Canada has authorized its use for adults 18 and older, and unlike AstraZeneca, there was no change in effacacy for adults over the age of 65. "Those who, however, for reasons of conscience, refuse vaccines produced with cell lines from aborted fetuses, must do their utmost to avoid, by other prophylactic means and appropriate behavior, becoming vehicles for the transmission of the infectious agent", he said. The province said it expects to receive its first shipment of the AstraZeneca shot by mid-month.

Meanwhile, Quebec said it would move more regions into the less restrictive orange level of its pandemic system starting next Monday. Additionally, the Johnson & Johnson single shot can be stored at normal refrigeration temperature making it easier for vaccination.

This vaccine does not require extremely cold storage facilities. As of Wednesday, there were 103 confirmed cases of it in Canada.

The federal wage subsidy, rent support and lockdown programs will carry on with the same level of aid, the government said.

In addition to Wednesday's shipment of Oxford-AstraZeneca doses, Canada is also scheduled to receive 444,600 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week.

Canada has pre-purchased 10-million doses, with options to buy another 28-million.

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