Canada receives 1M Moderna doses early; 2nd death linked to AstraZeneca

05 Mai, 2021, 21:56 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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"But the bottom line is we need to, all of us, get vaccinated as quickly as possible so we can get back to normal", he said.

Manitoba's vaccine rollout will not be changing, following a change in recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) to preferentially offer mRNA vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna.

The COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized for use in Canada so far are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.

Trudeau says Canada is "looking very carefully" at prospective solutions in the hopes of aligning with allied countries, but mentioned - perhaps a bit ominously - that he "can't speak for the United States and the choices they might make around who to welcome into their country". With the incoming shipment of doses, NACI said that the four-month waiting period before the first and second dose may even decrease to a 1.5- to two-month waiting period.

"It pains me to say this but it's past time to take NACI's recommendations with a grain of salt", emergency physician Dr. Brian Goldman said on Twitter.

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The latter two have been linked to blood clotting in a few rare cases, which NACI's Shelley Deeks said posed "a safety risk".

The Canadian province of Alberta reported its first death of a patient from a rare blood clot condition after receiving the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, its chief medical officer said. But the syndrome is so new, there is still little known about what the real risk is, why it is happening and who might be most likely to develop clots. To date, more than 14 million doses have been administered across the country.

Canada's inoculation drive was slow to get started and has struggled with repeated delivery delays, but appears to be back on track with millions of doses expected over the coming months.

According to Alberta Health Services, the global frequency of VITT has been estimated at approximately one case in 100,000 to 250,000 doses of vaccine.

This week's doses will also be the first to arrive from Pfizer's plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, after the U. government previously limited vaccine exports to inoculate its own citizens first.

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