The latest coronavirus news in Canada and around the world Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
7h42 : Jennifer Hubert jumped at the chance to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but she is not looking forward to having to make the decision whether or not to vaccinate her three-year-old son, Jackson.
She recognizes the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, but said she also understands that her son has a much lower risk of serious illness than older adults.
“For me that’s not an obvious advantage,” she said.
While many parents were overjoyed to learn that Health Canada was considering approving the first COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11 in Canada, parents like Hubert are feeling more worried, and health officials public said they were going to have a much more nuanced conversation with parents about immunization than with adults.
While 82 percent of eligible Canadians aged 12 and over are already fully immunized, a recent Angus Reid poll shows that only 51 percent of parents plan to immunize their children immediately when a pediatric dose becomes available.
Among parents of children aged 5 to 11, 23% said they would never give their children a COVID-19 vaccine, 18% said they would wait and 9% said they were not sure, according to the poll of 5,011 Canadians between September 29 and October 3, which cannot be assigned a margin of error because online surveys are not considered random samples.
“Most of the research I’ve seen somehow indicates that parents are more reluctant to vaccinate their children against COVID than they are themselves,” said Kate Allen, postdoctoral fellow at the University’s Center for Vaccine Preventable Diseases. from Toronto.
7h41 : British Columbia is expected to lift capacity restrictions on gatherings across much of the province on Monday, although some say not everyone will be ready to party like in early 2020 while wearing a mask.
Residents of certain areas of the province will be allowed to attend events like hockey games, concerts and weddings with no limit on numbers, but capacity will be capped at 50% in areas with low vaccination rates. , including parts of the Fraser, Northern and Interior Health Regions.
Attendees of all events in British Columbia will be required to wear a face covering and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
The move was eagerly awaited by businesses, including those that require reservations well in advance for events like weddings.
But Harpal Sooch, owner of the Grand Taj Banquet Hall in Surrey, said not everyone is ready for pre-pandemic-type parties while they still have to wear masks, especially older people who are expecting booster injections and families with children under 12 who cannot yet be vaccinated.
“They’re not doing it. But I hope everything will continue, so by next summer everything will be fine, ”he said. “This is what we hope for. “
Heidi Tworek, professor of health communications at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia, said employers, businesses that expect more customers and even people who invite someone to dinner should expect a range of reactions because the lack of contact with people after nearly two years will have had an impact on the mental health of some people.
“Sometimes there is a basic assumption that each person is anxious to immediately regain their full potential,” she said, adding that while most people will have to get used to meeting with other people in Outside of their usual circle of contacts, those who suffer from an anxiety disorder will find it more difficult to be around those they do not know.
Sunday 7:37 am: In a pair of Cape Town warehouses converted into a maze of sterile air-sealed chambers, young scientists assemble and calibrate the equipment needed to reverse-engineer a vaccine against the coronavirus that has yet to reach South Africa and most of the world’s poorest people.
The energy in sparkling labs matches the urgency of their mission to reduce vaccine disparities. By working to replicate Moderna’s COVID-19 shot, scientists are effectively ending an industry that has largely prioritized rich countries over poor countries in terms of sales and manufacturing.
And they do so with the unusual support of the World Health Organization, which coordinates a vaccine research, training and production center in South Africa and an associated supply chain for critical raw materials. It’s a last-resort effort to do doses for people who deprive themselves of them, and the intellectual property implications are still unclear.
“We’re doing this for Africa right now, and it’s motivating us,” said Emile Hendricks, a 22-year-old biotechnologist for Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, the company trying to replicate the Moderna jab. “We can no longer count on these great superpowers to come and save us. “
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