Hope for a good summer with a dose in the arms, if we “crush” COVID-19: Trudeau – fr

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Hope for a good summer with a dose in the arms, if we “crush” COVID-19: Trudeau – fr


OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians can hope for a summer of backyard barbecues and park picnics, but only if we do more arm shots and don’t ease public health restrictions until that “the cases are decreasing”.

“We all want to have a summer where we can see our loved ones and invite friends over for barbecues,” Trudeau said Tuesday at a press conference in Ottawa.

“We can have this summer. We can have a one-dose summer… And a one-dose summer prepares us for a two-dose fall where we can talk about back to school, back to work and back to more normalcy. This is what the coming months could look like. This is what excites me.

Canada took an important step on the road to herd immunity to COVID-19 on Tuesday, with 40% of Canadians – 15.2 million people – vaccinated with at least their first dose. It may be 50%. All Canadians over 12 will have access to a first dose by the end of June and a second dose by the end of summer.

Public health director Dr Theresa Tam said 75% was the target for first doses, so lifting the restrictions would not result in a fourth wave.

Canada is expected to have enough doses to meet this target by mid-June.

But Tam said lifting the restrictions must be done “slowly, deliberately and carefully.”

“This is, I hope, our last challenge,” Tam said. “If we can continue to remove the cases and get the vaccines, we’re going to have a significantly better year.”

What is becoming clear is that very few Canadians will receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, with almost no doses of the 2.3 million shipped to date, only 1.6 million in the next eight weeks, and enough Pfizer. and Moderna for more coverage of Canadians who have not yet been vaccinated.

Health Canada’s Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Supriya Sharma said from an authorization perspective, AstraZeneca’s benefits against COVID-19 still outweigh the rare risk of thrombotic thrombocytopenia induced by the vaccine.

Over two million Canadians have received AstraZeneca and 17 have been confirmed to have VITT. Three women died.

Sharma said in an interview that “this is something that we are constantly reviewing,” but whether and how the vaccine is used will depend on local situations, including other options available.

Ontario said on Tuesday it was suspending AstraZeneca entirely with confirmed cases of VITT reported in the province, dropping to eight from three last week.

The province’s chief public health officer Dr David Williams said Ontario will also consider what to do about second doses, including whether to offer a different vaccine.

Saskatchewan said it had stopped using AstraZeneca for the first few doses because there was little left in the province.

Premier Scott Moe also said the premier’s plan for a single-dose summer would not happen in Saskatchewan.

“We are not going to have a Trudeau summer here in Saskatchewan. We’re going to have a one-dose spring and probably a two-dose summer, as we plan to make the second doses available to everyone in the province by mid-July.

Alberta and British Columbia have said they are maintaining the remaining supply of AstraZeneca largely for second doses for people who have had them before, or for those who cannot get Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. due to allergies.

A spokeswoman for the BC Ministry of Health said AstraZeneca has made up 10 percent of the province’s vaccines to date and has helped when the province had its highest case rates and limited supplies of Pfizer and Moderna.

Manitoba is not adjusting its immunization schedule, but has said it has 8,000 doses of AstraZeneca left without knowing when it will receive more.

Quebec’s director of public health Dr Horacio Arruda said the province is running low on AstraZeneca and is awaiting advice from the provincial immunization committee to decide how to handle second doses for vaccine recipients.

“We will assess the situation and, as I have always said, we will make sure that people have given their informed consent to the vaccine, we will not give them a vaccine that they do not want, that they are not informed about and we will offer the best combination to protect Quebecers while being safe.

Each province is eagerly awaiting the results of a UK vaccine mixing and pairing study. Data could come from AstraZeneca and Pfizer as early as this week, with many health experts expecting very positive results from combining two different vaccines.

“It would provide a choice essentially, for those who received AstraZeneca for the first dose,” Tam said.

However, she said, the advice remains to give the same vaccine for the second doses and Canada will ensure there are enough doses of AstraZeneca to give a second dose to the more than two million Canadians. who received it as their first. Canada has purchased nearly 24 million doses of the vaccine, most of which are expected to arrive by the end of September.

Vaccines are key to slowing the spread of COVID-19, but Tam and Trudeau stressed that we also need to keep public health measures in place long enough for vaccines to take effect.

“We have seen waves in the past that the problems occur if restrictions are opened too early, it just leads to a bigger next wave,” said Trudeau.

There are still pockets of Canada where COVID-19 is not under control, including much of Alberta and Manitoba. Both provinces implemented new restrictions this week, including school closures and limits on public gatherings, but neither are in a full lockdown.

Quebec and Ontario reported their lowest number of cases since March – Quebec with 660 new cases and Ontario with 2,073. Both have seen declines in hospitalizations, including intensive care patients, over the course of the year. the last two weeks.

Nationally, average daily case reports fell to 7,275 from a third wave high of 8,680 on April 20. Hospitalizations and intensive care cases have also started to decline, with 4,000 patients in hospital and 1,400 in the intensive care unit, down from 4,300 and 1,450 a week ago.

– With files from Steve Lambert in Winnipeg, Terri Theodore in Vancouver and Julia Peterson in Saskatoon

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 11, 2021.

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