Anand reminds Canadians that Trudeau, O’Toole and Singh all received AstraZeneca – fr

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Anand reminds Canadians that Trudeau, O’Toole and Singh all received AstraZeneca – fr


OTTAWA – In an effort to restore public confidence in the AstraZeneca vaccine after it was announced that Ontario was suspending first dose of the drug amid rare blood clotting problems, the federal Supply Minister has listed a handful of political leaders who received the vaccine.

“Party leaders Jagmeet Singh, Erin O’Toole and our PM have all had AstraZeneca, so they may not be able to agree on the policy, but they certainly agreed that AstraZeneca is a safe vaccine. and effective to take. Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand said in an interview on CTV News Channel’s Power Play on Tuesday.

Anand said the government will continue to accept his shipments of AstraZeneca because Health Canada has approved it as safe and effective.

In total, Canada expects to receive 23.9 million doses of AstraZeneca. Twenty million will come from the United States, while another two million will come from the Serum Institute in India, and 1.9 million will be sent through the COVAX program.

On Tuesday afternoon, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr David Williams said the decision to withhold the first dose of the vaccine was made out of caution.

“It’s not that the risk to individuals has increased dramatically right now, but because it’s sometimes severe, we want to be careful and say ‘let’s stop it’ while we look at the data and information. “, did he declare.

Since April 19, the AstraZeneca vaccine has been made available to people aged 40 and over at vaccination sites across the province. Health Canada has approved its use in those 18 years and older and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has recommended its use in those 30 years and older.

Overall, vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia, or VIITT, is estimated to occur in one in 100,000 to one in 250,000 people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

In a separate interview on CTV’s Power Play, conservative health critic Michelle Rempel Garner weighed in on Anand’s interview, stating that “talking points aren’t going to cut and what we just heard isn’t going to cut. will alleviate any questions or concerns that Canadians may have tonight.

NDP health critic Don Davies said it was time for vaccine advice to be streamlined into one avenue to avoid hesitation and confusion.

“First of all, I also shot the AstraZeneca, so I have these questions too. I think it’s important to note that Canadians are really tired and injured, ”he said. “I would like to see the federal government, NACI and Health Canada speak with one voice, we can no longer have these contradictions and confusion.

With a file from Rachel Aiello of CTV News

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