The head of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination program, Retired Gen. Rick Hillier, has asked Health Canada to look into the possibility of allowing Moderna’s two-dose vaccine to be administered as a single shot, which he suggested could help protect more people quickly, but health experts say there is likely insufficient data for the federal agency to make that call at this time.
“I’m not asking Health Canada to change the Moderna from a two-shot vaccine to a one-shot vaccine. What I’m asking is Health Canada have a look at doing that,” Hillier said at a press conference Tuesday.
“Maybe with the high efficiency that protects you in the first needle, it would be best for the entire population that we went with just a one-shot vaccination program with Moderna.”
Hillier said it’s possible Health Canada will not consider the proposal at all, or that it will look into it and deem it not possible. But if the agency decides it is feasible, it would allow Ontario to vaccinate with “a very high level of protection, many more people, much more quickly,” he said.
But doctors are skeptical there will be any changes to the vaccination schedule anytime soon.
“I think based on the studies that were submitted to Health Canada from Moderna, we only really have data to show that the two-dose vaccine is the way to go right now,” Dr. Amy Tan, a family and palliative care physician, told CTV’s News Channel.
“The study showed that it’s two doses and what that final immunity level could be. There is a subset that didn’t get their second shot but I don’t think the numbers are large enough to be able to say confidently that this in fact is the way to go.”
Canada became the second country in the world after the United States to approve the latest vaccine ready for public distribution, with Alberta receiving 16,900 Moderna doses on Tuesday and Ontario set to receive 50,000 doses by Wednesday. The first injections are expected to take place at long-term care homes within 48 to 72 hours after.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which was approved earlier in December and has already been administered to more than 66,600 people in Canada, is also a two-shot vaccine.
Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist with the University Health Network in Toronto, said the good news was that both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines demonstrated some protective effect early after the first dose — about 10 to 12 days.
He noted that the issue of whether the two doses could be reduced to one has been previously raised, and was “an important question to address,” but that more information, including new data, would likely be necessary.
“These are two-dose vaccines and they will be given as two-dose vaccines until there’s overwhelming data that supports that they can be given as one-dose vaccines,” Bogoch said. “we just don’t have that data yet so that’s not going to happen.”
With files from The Canadian Press
COVID: Less than 200 cases, 2 deaths in Manitoba Saturday – CHVN Radio
According to Public health officials, there have been 180 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths in the province.
The deaths include a male in his 70s from the Rural East District in Southern Health-Santé Sud, and a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg Health Region.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.2%. As of 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 180 new cases of the virus have been identified bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,322.
Of the 180 new cases announced Saturday, 10 are in Southern Health. One of those is in Steinbach and four are in the Niverville/Ritchot Health District.
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
- 10 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region.
- 69 cases in the Northern health region.
- Eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region.
- 10 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region.
- 83 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
- 2,986 active cases and 23,575 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.
- There are 122 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 161 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 283 hospitalizations.
- There are 19 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 36 ICU patients.
- The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 761. Due to a data error, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,043 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 450,104. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school, or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear.
Manitobans should only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places, and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.
2 deaths, 180 COVID-19 cases announced in Manitoba Saturday – Global News
Manitoba public health officials confirm two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported.
The deaths are a man in his 70s from Southern Health-Santé Sud and a man in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.2 per cent provincially and 7 per cent in Winnipeg.
As of 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 180 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba has risen to 27,322.
The new cases are in the following regions:
- 10 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
- 69 cases in the Northern health region
- eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
- 10 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region
- 83 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows there are 2,986 active cases and 23,575 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.
There are 122 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 161 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 283 hospitalizations.
COVID-19 cases rising in the north
There are 19 people being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units, as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 36 ICU patients.
The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 761. Due to a data error, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,043 tests were completed Friday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 450,104.
An outbreak has been declared at Lynn Lake Hospital in northwestern Manitoba. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the Pandemic Response System.
The outbreak at Seven Oaks General Hospital, 4U4-7 in Winnipeg is now declared over.
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Local epidemiologist Cynthia Carr says while it has been challenging to follow health restrictions, it has made a difference.
“These restrictions and the work we have done together really does matter on the serious of levels. working together we have saved almost 2,000 lives. It might have been 1,700, 1,800 or 1,600 but the reality is it mattered,” she said.
And while our numbers remain steady for now, there are still obstacles in certain regions — particularly the North.
Carr says if the pandemic hasn’t ripped the issue of housing wide open in other areas, she doesn’t know what will.
“This is an ongoing challenge. When I go to a community and do community health assessments and I talk to leadership about health, they won’t say we need a fancy hospital, X-ray machines, etc., one of the first things will be the foundation of housing.”
She says infrastructure is absolutely related to health, and it hasn’t been attended to in our northern communities.
–With files from Anya Nazeravich
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One of Canada's oldest seniors, at 110 years old, gets COVID-19 vaccine at Surrey care home – Cowichan Valley Citizen
JaHyung Lee, a resident at a Newton care home, received his COVID-19 vaccine at the age of 110.
Amenida Seniors Community said in a news release that residents at the facility received the first dose of their vaccines on Thursday (Jan. 14). JaHyung Lee is one of Canada’s oldest seniors to be inoculated.
The second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be administered “in the coming weeks.”
“We are extremely lucky that we have received enough supplies to vaccinate all of our residents in care,” said Rosa Park, general manager at Amenida.
“As many of our seniors are elderly and require complex care, we can feel safer knowing that the virus won’t be spreading within our community.”
A reporter with the Now-Leader attended Lee’s 109th birthday in 2019. He was born on Aug. 27, 1910.
Meantime, Fraser Health says it has completed 151 vaccine clinics for long-term care and assisted living in the health region.
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