Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday dismissed an advisory committee on physician ranking of Covid vaccines based on safety, saying Canadians should take the vaccine offered to them first.
“Every vaccine available in Canada has been approved by Health Canada as safe and effective,” Trudeau said at a press conference.
“It’s a good thing that we can hear a wide range of medical experts and doctors making recommendations to keep us safe. But the bottom line is that we all need to get vaccinated as quickly as possible so that we can get vaccinated. back to normal, ”he says.
“The reality is that the way we are going through this pandemic is to get vaccinated with the vaccine that is offered to us. “
Trudeau and his wife received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine last month, seeking to reassure Canadians that it was safe. Later, an AstraZeneca injection was linked to a death from blood clotting in Canada.
On Monday, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), recommended possibly waiting for a ‘preferred’ mRNA jab such as Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna if a person’s risk of contracting Covid is low, instead AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
The latter two have been linked to blood clotting in a few rare cases, which NACI’s Shelley Deeks said posed “a safety risk.”
“Although it is very rare, it is very serious,” she said on Monday. “Individuals must therefore have an informed choice to be vaccinated with the first available vaccine or to wait for an mRNA vaccine.”
Canada’s inoculation campaign has been slow to start and has seen repeated delivery delays, but appears to be back on track with millions of doses expected over the next few months.
“On a personal level,” the Prime Minister said on Tuesday, “I am extremely happy to have received the AstraZeneca vaccine weeks ago.
“It was extremely important for me to be able to protect my loved ones, to protect my family. “
“The impacts of the Covid capture are far greater and far more deadly, as we’ve seen across the country, than the potential side effects (of the vaccine), which, while serious, are rare. “
Canada has approved the use of the Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, although it has not yet started distributing the J&J vaccine.
To date, more than 13 million Canadians or 34 percent of the population have received at least one dose.
The number of Covid infections, meanwhile, has exceeded 1.2 million, including 24,000 deaths.
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