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Approved COVID-19 vaccines not enough to inoculate all Canadians by September: Anand – Times Colonist



OTTAWA — Federal procurement minister Anita Anand says Canada will do “whatever it takes” to get more vaccine doses delivered to Canada faster but there hasn’t yet been any change to the number of doses Canada is expecting to receive this winter and approvals for additional vaccines are still at least several weeks away.

Anand said Canada had already put a number of offers on the table to vaccine makers to get more deliveries faster, including upping the price per dose.

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“We convey to the vaccine suppliers that we will do whatever it takes to get vaccines into this country and to do so as early as possible,” Anand said at a regular pandemic briefing to Canadians Friday.

Canada has approved two vaccines and is currently scheduled to receive four million doses from Pfizer-BioNTech and another two million from Moderna before the end of March. That is the same delivery plan that has existed since November.

Reports say Israel — which signed a contract with Pfizer in mid-November, more than three months after Canada did — paid twice as much per dose, and is getting that vaccine much faster. Israel has vaccinated more than 1.5 million people already, mostly with Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine.

Canada has given doses to fewer than 250,000 people.

Canada’s contracts with vaccine makers have not yet been made public but Anand said Friday Canada paid fair market value for the doses.

Reports have put the European price for Pfizer’s product somewhere between C$18 and C$24 and the United States’s at about C$25.

Moderna has previously said it is charging CDN $40 to $47 per dose.

Anand did not elaborate much on what else Canada is doing to urge faster deliveries of the hottest commodities in the world, other than to suggest Canada isn’t going to follow the United Kingdom and delay a second dose of the vaccines in a bid to get more people a first dose faster.

“It’s important from a procurement perspective to remember also, that as we press for additional deliveries on an accelerated basis, we need to be able to show to the vaccine companies that Canada is indeed following the instructions that a second dose be administered in a certain time frame,” said Anand.

Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine is to be given in two doses 21 days apart and Moderna’s in two doses 28 days apart.

Canada’s national advisory committee on immunization is looking at the evidence to determine if a first dose works well enough for long enough to allow the second dose to be delayed.

Neither Pfizer nor Moderna is on board with the idea, because their clinical trials are based on the dosing schedule as listed.

Dr. Supriya Sharma, the chief medical adviser at Health Canada overseeing the vaccine approvals, said there have been some calculations that suggest both vaccines are quite effective after one dose, but because almost all the trial patients who were vaccinated got a second dose on schedule, it’s impossible to know how long that single dose’s immunity would have lasted.

Sharma said early studies on animals that got single doses showed immunity waned.

She said the first report on adverse events from vaccines administered in Canada so far shows no evidence of any trouble. There have been no rare side-effects seen at all, and the mild and moderate side-effects, such as fevers, headache and fatigue, were in line, both in severity and frequency, as what was seen during the clinical trials.

That news was overshadowed by federal-provincial vaccine bickering, with Ottawa concerned doses aren’t being given by provinces fast enough and provinces arguing they’re running out of doses to give.

Several premiers say they can vaccinate people faster if more doses can be delivered and are potentially going to run out of doses.

But Anand said Ottawa has been clear to the provinces on the delivery schedules and they should base their vaccine efforts on that.

She said deliveries will double between January and February.

Moderna deliveries come every three weeks, and are to go from 170,000 per shipment to 250,000 in February and 1.24 million in March.

Pfizer deliveries happen weekly, and are to include 208,650 each week in January, and more than 366,000 each week in February. Pfizer’s March deliveries aren’t yet confirmed.

Canada expects to vaccinate three million people by the end of March, 15 million to 19 million people by the end of June, and all 38 million Canadians by the end of September.

That assumes every Canadian wishes to be immunized and that vaccines prove safe and effective for children as well as adults.

Anand acknowledged the schedule also depends on Canada approving more vaccines. Moderna and Pfizer are to send enough to vaccinate about 30 million Canadians by the end of September.

Health Canada is reviewing submissions from drugmakers AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, but Sharma said a lot of information has to come in from them before decisions can be made on their vaccine candidates.

AstraZeneca’s has been approved in the United Kingdom but Canada is waiting for results from a big trial in the United States. Sharma said that review is complicated because AstraZeneca made a mistake in its earlier trials and some people only got half doses instead of full doses.

Sharma said she expects results from the AstraZeneca U.S. trial in one to three months. Johnson & Johnson could report results before the end of January.

Health Canada can’t make a decision on either until those results come in.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 8, 2021.

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P.E.I. reports five new COVID-19 cases Sunday, active total rises to 18 – CTV News Atlantic



Prince Edward Island is reporting five new COVID-19 cases on the island Sunday, with the active total rising to 18.

In an unscheduled media conference on Sunday, P.E.I. Chief Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said she is concerned about the fact that there does not appear to be a clear source of the recent outbreak.

Sunday’s five new cases involve two males in their 20s, and three females – two in their 20s, and one in her 50s.  

Three are from the recent Charlottetown outbreak, one is linked to Summerside, and Public Health is still trying to determine the source for the last.  

“I remain concerned about the increasing number of cases in P.E.I., and the fact that we have not been able to identify a link to travel,” she said. “There may be more cases that will be identified in the coming days. “

This comes as P.E.I. announced new measures Saturday, which took effect Sunday.

According to Morrison, there are 190 close contacts of these cases, and more are expected to be announced.  


Prince Edward Island is entering a 72-hour lockdown starting at midnight as the province struggles to contain the outbreak. These measures are a tighter version of the ‘circuit breaker’ regulations announced just Saturday.

Premier Dennis King says he’d rather go “harder and stronger” with public health restrictions now — giving health officials a chance to get caught up on contact tracing and testing — than wait for the outbreak to worsen.

“Yesterday we introduced some new circuit breaker measures,” King said. “I know it’s not what everyone wanted to hear, but it’s what is necessary to keep our province safe — and today, we have announced we’re going a little further.”

The three-day lockdown requires residents to stay home as much as possible and will close all kindergarten to Grade 12 schools, with post-secondary education moving online only.

Only essential services will be allowed to remain open, at half of their standard operating capacity.

The other new measures are as follows:

  • No personal gatherings will be allowed
  • Each household can associate with two consistent people, for what Morrison called essential support
  • People who live alone can associate with one other household
  • No organized gatherings will be allowed
  • Funerals can have no more than 10, plus officiants
  • All recreational facilities are closed – including gyms, fitness facilities, bingo halls, casinos, musuems, and libraries
  • No organized sports or recreational activities will be permitted
  • Only essential services and businesses are allowed to be open to the public, and at 50 per cent of their standard capacity
  • Examples of services allowed to stay open: medical and dental services, childcare, grocery stores, pharmacies, takeout and food delivery, utility services, manufacturing processing and transportation services, gas stations, banks and essential financial institutions, public safety services and liquor stores.
  • For essential retail services, they can operate at half of standard operating capacity as long as entrances and exits monitored

In Sunday’s media conference, Premier Dennis King urged cooperation from employees and employers to allow for time off to get tested for COVID-19.

“Your absence at work may cause a minor disruption – I get that, but we are living in a period of distruption,” said King. “Missing a day or two at work while you have symptoms while you get tested is a heck of a lot less of a disruption than a circuit breaker.”


Morrison also announced new public exposure sites.  She said anyone who visited or worked at the following locations is asked to immediately self-isolate and seek a COVID-19 test. After a negative test, Morrison said there is no need to keep isolating, but it’s important to monitor symptoms and seek a second test if any appear.

  • Superstore in Montague, P.E.I.
  • Feb. 24 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tailgate Bar and Grill in Montague
  • Feb. 25 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Domino’s Pizza in Summerside
  • Feb. 15 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Burger King in Summerside
  • Feb. 18 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Charlottetown city bus #1
  • Feb. 20 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Taste of India in Charlottetown
  • Feb. 22 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 25 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 26 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Superstore at 465 University Ave. in Charlottetown
  • Feb. 23 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 24 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Jungle Market in Charlottetown
  • Feb. 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Walmart in Charlottetown
  • Feb. 24 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 27 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Discounters in Summerside
  • Feb. 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

These potential exposure sites are in addition to those announced Saturday, which are as follows:

  •   Pita Pit (425 Granville Street)
  • Friday, February 19  between 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 21 between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm
  • Monday, February 22 between 12:00 pm and 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 23 between 12:00 pm and 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 24 between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
  • Friday, February 26 between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm
  • Callbecks Home Hardware (614 Water Street)
  • February 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, and 25 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm
  • Burger King (511 Granville Street)
  • Sunday, February 14 between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 17 between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 18 between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 20 between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 21 between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm
  • Monday, February 22 between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 24 between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 25 between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • Dominos Pizza (505 Granville Street)
  • Wednesday, February 17 between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
  • Monday, February 22 between 4:00 pm and 11:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 23 between 4:00 pm and 1:00 am
  • Wednesday, February 24 between 4:00 pm and 1:00 am

Late Saturday night, P.E.I. health announced more potential exposure sites. The same recomenddations apply to those who visited or worked at the following: immediately self-isolate and seek a COVID-19 test.

  • Dollarama in Summerside (454 Granville Street)
  • Saturday, February 20 between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm
  • Walmart/Burger King in Summerside (511 Granville Street)
  • Saturday, February 20 between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm
  • Shoppers Drug Mart in Summerside (454 Granville Street)
  • Sunday, February 21 between 10:00 am and 11:00 am
  • Superstore in Montague
  • Wednesday, February 24 between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 25 between 4:30 and 5:30 pm
  • Tailgate Bar and Grill in Montague
  • Thursday, February 25 between 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Morrison said she is expecting more positive cases to be announced in the coming days

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Nova Scotia reports 3 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday –



Three new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, Feb. 28.

One case is in Central Zone and is a close contact of a previous case.

One case is in Eastern Zone and is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

One case is in Northern Zone and is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

All three people are self-isolating, as required.

“I want to thank the Nova Scotians who have responded in great numbers to get tested, setting a one-day record at the lab,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Let’s continue to make proactive testing a top priority. No matter whether you live in Halifax or elsewhere in the province, I encourage you, even if you don’t have symptoms, to book an appointment at one of the primary assessment centres or drop into a pop-up testing site.

As of today, Feb. 28, Nova Scotia has 38 active cases of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed a record 4,839 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 27, compared to the previous high of 4,125, completed on Nov. 30. Additional comparisons:
— Last Saturday, Feb. 20, the lab completed 1,698 tests.
— Including today’s report, the average for the last seven days is 2,808 tests per day.

In addition, the number of people getting a pop-up test on both Friday and Saturday was four times higher than the average daily total.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 211,008 tests. There have been 552 positive COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Two people are currently in hospital, in ICU. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 70. There are 514 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

“While the case numbers are low today, we must remain vigilant and keep following the restrictions to ensure our communities stay safe,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Follow all the public health measures and make testing part of your regular COVID-19 prevention measures. And if you have flu or cold symptoms, it is especially important you get tested for COVID-19.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at .

Visit to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:

— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)


Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
— sore throat
— runny nose/nasal congestion
— headache
— shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the person is directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. Public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person.

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere except Prince Edward Island must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, anyone who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives — practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen and operate at .

Quick Facts:
— additional information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020 and extended to March 7, 2021
— online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available at

Additional Resources:
Government of Canada:

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

If you need help with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit


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Latest COVID update Feb. 27: 5 deaths,162 new cases, record high vaccinations – CKOM News Talk Sports



Saskatchewan saw a record amount of daily COVID-19 vaccinations as the province hit a total of 75,501 to date.

The record-high 5,211 doses were administered in the Saskatoon (254), Regina (286), far northwest (33), north-central (869), northwest (918), central-east (1202), central-west (403), southeast (570) and southwest (676) zones on Friday.

There were also five people with the virus who died in the province, bringing the number of Saskatchewan residents who have died with COVID to 385.

The deaths were reported in the 80 plus age group from the Regina (three), Saskatoon (one) and southeast (one) zones.

There were 162 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the province on Saturday, bringing the provincial total to 28,506 cases.

The new cases are located in the far northwest (27), far northeast (five), northwest (13), north-central (three), northeast (nine), Saskatoon (23), central-east (18), Regina (52), south-central (seven) and southeast (one) zones, while four cases are pending residence information. Nine cases with pending residence information were assigned to the far northeast (one), northwest (one), north-central (three), Regina (three) and south-central (one) zones.

The number of people in hospitals throughout the province battling COVID-19 continues to drop.

There are 151 people in hospital with the virus, including 135 people receiving inpatient care in the far northwest (five), far northeast (two), northwest (11), north-central (13), northeast (one), Saskatoon (53), central-west (one), central-east (seven), Regina (36), south-central (two) and southeast (four) areas.

Sixteen people are in intensive care with COVID in the northwest (one), Saskatoon (nine) and Regina (six) regions.

There are a total of 26,573 recoveries from the virus to date and 1,548 cases are considered active.

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