“I understand that people can become anxious and impatient. But as a government, we will stay grounded in science. We will remain grounded in our experts, who do an excellent job in ensuring the safety and security of Canadians. healthy, “Trudeau told reporters Tuesday.
“We will continue to work with the most senior medical officials like Dr. Theresa Tam to ensure that we do everything we need to do and that we have taken every step of the way to keep Canadians safe.”
On Monday evening, Kenney called the chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, about her first statements on the progress of the pandemic, accusing her of parrot messages from the People’s Republic of China.
In the same interview with CBC News Network’s Power and politics, The Prime Minister also said that he would not wait for Health Canada to approve drugs, vaccines or tests for COVID-19 before deploying them to Alberta if other “peer” countries, such as Australia, the United States and the European Union have approved them.
Although provincial governments are responsible for the delivery of health care in Canada, the approval of drugs, medical devices, disinfectants and disinfectants with disinfectant claims is the responsibility of the Health Products and Food Branch ( HPFB) from Health Canada.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu said it is important for Canadians to know that new medical devices and treatments have been approved to work and not be dangerous to the public.
“We are so grateful … to have the leadership of Dr. Tam and [Deputy Chief Public Health Officer] Dr. [Howard] Njoo and, in fact, the entire public health team and Health Canada… are working around the clock to help us as a country manage the coronavirus, COVID-19, and our response to this problem, “said Hajdu.
The Minister of Health also said that she “has confidence in the strength of Health Canada” to investigate all possible drugs, treatments and devices that could help fight the pandemic.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said that bypassing the Health Canada approval process was “a decision for each provincial government,” adding that “often Canada is the last to obtain drugs for individuals or products for d ‘other types of industries’.
But Scheer said he only supports the provinces if they use medical devices or treatments that have not been approved by HPFB “if there is a legal mechanism for them to make these decisions.”
Treatments and drugs can be used in Canada even if they have not yet been approved by HPFB under the special access program. The program only allows the use of a drug or device after it has determined that conventional options have failed, the need is legitimate, and a qualified physician is involved in the test or the treatment.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said that Canada’s two greatest strengths in the fight against the pandemic to date have been the cooperation between the provincial and federal governments and the quality of advice Canada has received from public health such as Dr. Tam.
“In municipalities across the country, chief public health administrators have played a vital role in the responses of municipalities. I have observed, as a former reporter, that chief public health administrators across the country have become the rock stars of this generation and that is entirely fitting, “said Freeland.
Kenney said that while he thought Dr. Tam was qualified to take on the role of Canada’s best doctor, he said it was wrong for Canada to “not follow the lead of jurisdictions like South Korea , Taiwan, Singapore and others who have closed their borders to countries with high infection rates months earlier than Canada. ”
Kenney also said that Tam “repeated talking points [People’s Republic of China] on the absence of evidence of human-to-human transmission. ”
Asked Tuesday if she thought Kenny was trying to undermine his authority, Dr. Tam said she has had “incredible collaboration” with provincial chief medical officers, including Alberta, and expects that keep on going.
She also said that Health Canada has made a number of key approvals since the start of the pandemic, including approvals for 51 medical devices, 13 test kits and 39 diagnostic devices.
Dr. Tam said the approval process is the quickest way to ensure that the treatments or devices being deployed are actually effective and safe.
“We want to guarantee the safety and real effectiveness of these tools. And I think the health community understands this, ”she said.
Expert Criticizes Canada’s Response
Amir Attaran, professor of law and expert in epidemiology and public health at the University of Ottawa, presented an unequivocal critique of Canada’s response to COVID-19 in an appearance before the health committee on Tuesday. Communal room.
He said that when it comes to testing, collecting and modeling epidemiological data, Canada’s performance is “pretty awful” compared to other jurisdictions like Hong Kong, Norway, South Korea and Switzerland.
Scientists need data from each province to develop specific disease models, he said. He accused some provinces of not sharing enough information and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) of censoring the data before it was released.
He said that PHAC is having trouble modeling the epidemic and that the modeling presented to date is “incomplete, with errors and unscientific gibberish.”
“The result is that scientists inside and outside government have only an incomplete data picture to work with. With a sunken eye, they cannot produce the best possible epidemiological forecast, which means that Canada is falling into the unfit and not ready final phase, “he said. said.
Attaran, who released his own epidemiological modeling today with a group of American and British scientists, said self-isolation was the only way to avoid being crushed by a new pandemic.
In the future, he said, the best approach is not to let go of self-isolation all at once, but to proceed in “careful and scientifically tailored steps.”
“If the isolation ends for everyone at the same time, we will immediately return to the same hellish place we just dodged,” he said.
Attaran said his results suggest that Canada is now above the ridge and has emerged with a relatively low number of infections. But he warned that officials must plan to respond to future waves in a way that limits the number of deaths and the effects on the economy.