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B.C. health officials prepare to begin COVID-19 vaccinations as early as January – CBC.ca

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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says British Columbians could begin receiving a vaccine for COVID-19 as early as January 2021.

“There’s a light in our future on the horizon, as we hear more and more positive news about vaccines, as we know, though, this will be a large, complex undertaking,” she said on Wednesday as part of her daily briefing with Health Minister Adrian Dix.

The duo announced the formation of a provincial vaccination team, which be headed by Dr. Ross Brown, who is the vice-president of pandemic response for Vancouver Coastal Health and has an extensive background as a military doctor.

Henry said people on the team, including provincial officials and experts from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, have been working with the federal government to create a plan to supply a vaccine to B.C. residents.

“To understand the requirements to safely get the right vaccine and to the right people, as quickly as possible in the most efficient way,” she said.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix in a hallway of the B.C. legislature on their way to a COVID-19 briefing in November. 2020. (Michael McArthur/CBC)

Ottawa has pre-ordered more than 350 million doses from seven companies to guard against the possibility that some of the vaccines in development prove ineffective.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada would be able to vaccinate people here in the “coming months,” but did not commit to a firm timeline for the rollout.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to reporters outside his home in Ottawa on Tuesday 1:59

He reiterated that the federal government is committing to providing a safe and effective vaccine to Canadians.

Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech both announced in November that their vaccine candidates against the novel coronavirus have shown promising results so far in Phase 3 clinical trials.

AstraZeneca said late-stage trials showed that its COVID-19 vaccine with Oxford University was up to 90 per cent effective in preventing disease. The vaccine is one of several that Canada has preordered.

While the AstraZeneca vaccine can be stored between 2 C and 8 C, the Pfizer and Moderna products must be stored at freezer temperatures. In Pfizer’s case, it must be kept at the ultra-cold temperature of around –70 C.

The province is now working on the logistics of distributing the first round of vaccines, Henry said Wednesday, considering there won’t be enough for the whole population in the early days or months of the jab being available.  

People working in long-term care and front-line medical workers would be at the top of the priority list for getting the vaccine first, she said.

“It’s always a challenge when we’re reliant on offshore manufacturing and there’s always things that can go wrong,” said Henry. “We want to be ready as soon as a vaccine is ready, to get it to the right people at the right time safely, and to be able to monitor safety.”.

‘Sparing no effort’

Dix called the immunization for COVID-19 in B.C. the province’s “most significant immunization program” in its history and that officials would ensure it was successful.

“We are sparing no effort to ensure that that goes well,” he said.

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COVID-19 in B.C.: Dr. Bonnie Henry condemns anti-maskers, data correction, physical activity update, and more – The Georgia Straight

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Tragically, B.C. has hit yet another new record number of deaths. In additon, the new case count remained high, and case numbers increased in other categories.

While there weren’t any new outbreaks, there were three stores and six flights with confirmed cases.

There were a number of updates, including updated physical activity guidelines and data corrections.

Although B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry had announced on November 19 that all spin classes, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and hot yoga had to stop activity, B.C. health officials updated its guidelines for physical activity spaces on November 24, which includes further temporary suspensions.

All dance studios, yoga studios, gymnastics centres, and other spaces with group indoor fitness activity now have to temporarily stop those activities across the province while “new guidance is being developed”.

These activities include gymnastics, dance, martial arts, yoga, pilates, cheerleading, and strength and conditioning.

Venues will have to use the new guidance and post an update COVID-19 safety plan before resuming activity.

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that they are seeing a decreases in cases and outbreaks related to parties, wedding, and social events.

An encouraging sign is that she said they haven’t seen any surges linked to Diwali (November 14).

However, she said they are seeing surges in other settings, such as clusters in workplaces.

Henry explained that her mandatory mask order is designed to help staff at locations such as retail shops, and to enable police in taking action to address people responding in belligerent ways, and for “people to know there are consequences from taking unsafe actions”.

She said she has “no time for people who are belligerent and are trying to make some sort of a statement about anti-vaxx and think that this is not a truly challenging pandemic and I have no time for people who believe that wearing a mask somehow makes them ill or is a sign of a lack of freedom,” she said. “To me, it’s about respect for our fellow people who are suffering through this with us and about making sure we’re doing our piece in solidarity to get us through this really challenging time.”

As she said she also wants to protect the people who truly cannot wear a mask to receive the services they need, she wanted to emphasize the need for everyone to demonstrate respect for others.

Unfortunately, there have been some recent examples of those who have no interested in doing so.

Vancouver police shut down a party in Yaletown on November 21, where all of the guests were seated close together and weren’t wearing masks in violation of COVID-19 restrictions for social gatherings. After the party guests ignored health information from Vancouver police, officers issued a $2,300 ticket to the main occupant.

Meanwhile, a West End tenant issued letters to his neighbours in a condo building to inform them that he refuses to wear a mask and will sue anyone who makes him do so.

Henry said there was a technical error in the transfer of data from a lab to the health authority that affected case numbers in Fraser Health from November 17 to 24.

She said the error was detected yesterday and she provided corrected numbers. As well, a chart of corrections was issued.

However, the numbers that Henry read out at the briefing and what appear on the chart appear to be different.

The Georgia Straight has contacted the B.C. Health ministry to clarify the discrepancies.

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Henry announced that there are 738 new cases today, including four epi-linked cases.

By region, that includes:

  • 443 in Fraser Health;
  • 169 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
  • 70 in Interior Health;
  • 35 in Northern Health;
  • 21 in Island Health;
  • none among people from outside Canada.

Currently, there are 7,616 active cases, which is an increase of 116 cases.

The number of hospitalizations continue to rise. Ath the moment, there are now 294 people are in hospital (10 more people since yesterday), with 61 patients in intensive care units (same number as yesterday).

Public health is monitoring 10,270 people, which is only 13 more people since yesterday.

Unfortunately, there are 13 new deaths, which is a new record for one day. The last record was 11 deaths on November 17.

The total number of fatalities is now at 371 people have died.

A total of 19,814 people have now recovered

B.C. has recorded a cumulative total of 29,086 cases during the pandemic, which includes:

  • 18,167 cases in Fraser Health;
  • 8,161 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
  • 1,426 in Interior Health;
  • 713 in Northern Health;
  • 526 in Island Health;
  • 93 people from outside Canada.

The good news is that there aren’t any new healthcare outbreaks.

Fraser Health declared the outbreak at Royal Columbian Hospital, which began in a medicine unit, as over.

Active healthcare outbreaks remain at 57 facilities—52 are in longterm care facilities while five are in acute care units.

In addition, there aren’t any new community outbreak and Henry said that the outbreak at MSJ Distribution at Valhalla in Delta has been declared over.

Loblaw reported cases at three of its stores:

  • two employees who tested positive last worked on November 13 and 16 at Real Canadian Superstore (2855 Gladwin Road,) in Abbotsford;
  • one employee who tested positive last worked on November 15 at Real Canadian Superstore at 350 Southeast Marine Drive in Vancouver;
  • an employee who tested positive last worked on November 20 at Shoppers Drug Mart located at 1125 Davie Street in Vancouver.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) added six flights to its lists of domestic and international flights confirmed with COVID-19 cases:

  • November 16: United Airlines 5312, San Francisco to Vancouver;
  • November 18: Air Canada/Jazz 8265, Vancouver to Nanaimo;
  • November 18: United Airlines 5436, San Francisco to Vancouver;
  • November 21: United Airlines 5312, San Francisco to Vancouver;
  • November 22, Air Canada 45, Delhi to Vancouver;
  • November 23: WestJet 3349, Edmonton to Victoria.

For affected row information, visit the BCCDC website.

School exposures

Today, there were 44 schools from three regional health authorities with new exposure dates.

Due to the extensive number of schools with exposures, today’s list was published as a separate article

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B.C. reports 738 coronavirus cases and 13 deaths, marking deadliest day of pandemic – CTV News Vancouver

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VANCOUVER —
British Columbia added 738 cases of COVID-19 to its total Wednesday, as well as 13 more deaths from the disease.

The 13 fatalities is the most B.C. has ever recorded in a single 24-hour period.

There have now been 29,086 cases of COVID-19 in B.C. since the pandemic began and 371 deaths.

B.C. currently has 7,616 active cases of the disease, including 294 people who are in hospital, 61 of whom are in intensive care.

The new numbers came at a news conference from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

The pair also announced a correction to data on new cases released in recent weeks. Among the changes was a reduction in the total number of cases reported on Tuesday. While health officials reported 941 new cases – a new record – there were actually 695, Henry said.

“I know we had a dramatic increase in the daily numbers,” the provincial health officer said. “That was a result of some of these data coming in at a different time.”

Henry apologized for the changes, which she said were the result of “challenges with a data system” in the Fraser Health region. She provided updated totals for that region for Nov. 17 through 24, as well as updated overall totals for some of those days.

“It’s always complex when we have many data systems trying to feed into a single report on a daily basis,” Henry said.

The changes mean B.C.’s record for new cases in a day is 835, which should have been the total reported for Saturday, Nov. 21. B.C. initially reported 713 for that day.

The total for other dates in that range have also been revised, with no other days topping 800 cases.

Before November, B.C. had never recorded more than 400 cases in a 24-hour period.

Wednesday’s update included no new outbreaks in the provincial health-care system, as well as the end of an outbreak at Royal Columbian Hospital.

That means there are 57 ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks in B.C. health-care facilities, including 52 in long-term care and assisted-living homes, as well as five in acute care.

Most of the new cases B.C. is recording continue to be located in the Lower Mainland. Wednesday’s update included 443 new cases in Fraser Health and 169 in Vancouver Coastal Health.

Elsewhere in the province, there have been 70 new cases recorded in Interior Health, 35 in Northern Health, and 21 in Island Health. 

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