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B.C. government data released August 31 back up health officials’ assertions that unvaccinated people are driving the province’s fourth wave of COVID-19 outbreaks, with older people suffering the most severe consequences once infected.

The 187 COVID-19 patients now in B.C. hospitals is the highest total since June 9. Of those 103 people are in intensive care units (ICUs). Those wards have not been as filled with COVID-19 patients since May 21.

B.C. health officials detected 655 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, raising the number of those actively battling infections to 6,045. The Interior Health region remains the province’s hot spot for new and active cases.

The province’s positive-test rate, for 9,281 tests, exceeded 7% for the first time in many weeks.

Two more individuals passed away overnight while infected with COVID-19, raising the province’s pandemic death toll to 1,816.

Perhaps the most striking set of statistics includes data from mid-to-late August, which showed that people who are unvaccinated are:
• 12 times more likely to contract COVID-19 than those who have had two vaccine doses;
• 34 times more likely to land in hospital with COVID-19 than those who have had two vaccine doses; and
• eight times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those who have had two vaccine doses.

Data for that finding came from August 20 through 26 for cases, and August 17 though 23 for hospitalizations and deaths. 

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The other key lesson in new government data is that older people continue to be more susceptible to serious bouts of COVID-19, and to die from the illness. The 80-to-90 age group saw 11 deaths between July 30 and August 26. The second highest age group for deaths was for those aged between 70 and 79 years, which had seven deaths. 

Data from July 30 through August 26 also showed that among people who were younger than 60 years old, no one who was fully vaccinated died from COVID-19. In contrast, among the partially vaccinated, there was one person younger than 60 years old who died from COVID-19 in that time period. That person was in the 40-to-49 age group.

Among the unvaccinated, there were six people who were younger than 60 years old who died from COVID-19 between July 30 and August 26. Of those, five were in the 50-to-59 age group, and one was in the 40-to-49 age group. This is despite most British Columbians being fully vaccinated during this time frame. 

Similar government data showed that new cases and hospitalizations were more likely among those who were unvaccinated. When fully vaccinated people did have serious bouts of COVID-19, it tended to be among older people. 

“This tells us that vaccines are working,” said provincial health officer Bonnie Henry. “They’re preventing thousands of cases and hospitalizations from occurring, because they are protecting people across the age spectrum. They’re making a difference.”

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Both Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix stressed that the rate that COVID-19 is now spreading is much too high. 

“We see fewer people in the hospital right now than we did at the height of the third wave, where I think it reached about 503,” Dix said. “We’re seeing that we’re at about a third of that level. It has still put significant pressure on those [hospital systems] regionally.”

Despite these heightened calls for people to get vaccinated, vaccinations have declined considerably. Part of the reason is that the vast majority of British Columbians are already fully vaccinated. Another is that large vaccination clinics, such as the one at the Vancouver Convention Centre, have closed. Smaller pop-up vaccination centres are increasingly being used. 

In the past 24 hours, health officials provided a total of 10,759 vaccine jabs, with 4,739 going to unvaccinated people, and 6,020 being to people needing second doses. The last time fewer total vaccine jabs were provided to British Columbians in a day was on March 9, when 10,041 of the 10,054 doses provided were to unvaccinated B.C. residents. 

Of the 3,908,860 B.C. residents who have received at least one dose of vaccine, nearly 90.8%, or 3,547,751, are fully vaccinated. 

The B.C. government estimated in July that the province’s total population is 5,147,712, so that means that nearly 76% of B.C.’s total population has had at least one dose of vaccine, and more than 68.9% of the province’s total population has had two doses.

The government’s math holds that 84.3% of the province’s eligible population, aged 12 years and older, has been vaccinated at least once, with 76.5% of eligible people being fully vaccinated. 

One new healthcare facility outbreak is at the Kamloops Seniors Village. There are 19 active outbreaks at healthcare facilities across B.C.

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Pfizer sends kids’ COVID-19 vaccine trial data to U.S. FDA – Global News

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Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE on Tuesday submitted initial trial data for their COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 5 to 11 and said they would make a formal request with U.S. regulators for emergency use in the coming weeks.

Coronavirus infections have soared in children, hitting their highest point in early September, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The vaccine, which is already authorized in teens aged 12 to 15 and fully approved for ages 16 and up, induced a strong immune response in the target age group in a 2,268-participant clinical trial, the companies said on Sept. 20.


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The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was authorized in kids aged 12-15 roughly a month after the companies filed for authorization. If the same timeline is followed for this application, younger children could start receiving their shots as soon as late October.

A rapid authorization could help mitigate a potential surge of cases this fall, with schools already open nationwide.

While kids are less susceptible to severe COVID-19, they can spread the virus to others, including vulnerable populations that are more at risk of severe illness.

The companies said they plan to submit the data to the European Medicines Agency and other regulatory authorities.

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Data from the companies’ trial showed the two-shot vaccine generated an immune response in children that matched what was previously observed in 16-to-25 year olds. The safety profile was also comparable to the older age group, Pfizer said.

The drugmakers are also testing the vaccine in children aged 2-to-5 and those aged 6 months-to-2 years, with data expected in the fourth quarter.

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine is not yet authorized for use in adolescents in the United States, while it has gained authorization for that age group in Europe.

(Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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Trapped miners expected to emerge this morning as rescue operation continues: Vale – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

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Liam Casey, The Canadian Press


Published Tuesday, September 28, 2021 7:54AM EDT


Last Updated Tuesday, September 28, 2021 11:14AM EDT

Thirty-three of 39 miners who were trapped underground in northern Ontario since Sunday have returned safely to the surface, the workers’ union said Tuesday as a rescue operation continued.

United Steelworkers, which represents workers trapped in Totten Mine near Sudbury, Ont., said they are pleased with the rescue operation thus far.

“A team of doctors is on site, checking workers as they emerge,” said the union, which represents 30 of the 39 staff members trapped in the mine. “No one has been physically injured in the incident or in the evacuation.”

Vale, the company that owns the mine, said it expects everyone to emerge Tuesday.

The employees were trapped in the mine on Sunday when a scoop bucket being sent underground detached and blocked the mine shaft, Vale said.

As a result, it said the “conveyance system” for taking workers to and from the surface became unavailable.

Vale said the trapped miners have been staying in underground “refuge stations,” some 900 to 1,200 metres underground, as part of the company’s standard procedures.

The workers began making their way out Monday night through a “a secondary egress ladder system,” the company said.

“We thank the impacted employees for their patience and perseverance and the mine rescue teams for their tireless dedication and support,” said Gord Gilpin, head of mining for Vale’s Ontario operations. “This has been an incredible team effort.”

A rescue team met the miners Monday and prepared them for the long journey to the surface.

The union said the miners had to scale a system of ladders, with each ladder being about six metres long and with a staging area at every break.

“When an incident like this unfortunately happens, everyone comes together,” said Nick Larochelle, president of USW Local 6500

“The miners support each other, the highly trained mine rescue teams come together and the whole community waits patiently praying for the safe return of every one of the 39 miners to surface.”

The company said the trapped miners had access to food, water and medicine. The union added that miners had been able to make phone calls to both communicate with rescuers and to call loved ones.

Totten Mine opened in 2014, in Worthington, Ont., and produces copper, nickel and precious metals. It employs about 200 people.

The province’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, said an inspection team will investigate the incident once the rescue operation is finished.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2021.

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33 trapped miners safe after rescue, 6 more on long trek out of mine near Sudbury – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

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Liam Casey, The Canadian Press


Published Tuesday, September 28, 2021 7:54AM EDT


Last Updated Tuesday, September 28, 2021 11:14AM EDT

Thirty-three of 39 miners who were trapped underground in northern Ontario since Sunday have returned safely to the surface, the workers’ union said Tuesday as a rescue operation continued.

United Steelworkers, which represents workers trapped in Totten Mine near Sudbury, Ont., said they are pleased with the rescue operation thus far.

“A team of doctors is on site, checking workers as they emerge,” said the union, which represents 30 of the 39 staff members trapped in the mine. “No one has been physically injured in the incident or in the evacuation.”

Vale, the company that owns the mine, said it expects everyone to emerge Tuesday.

The employees were trapped in the mine on Sunday when a scoop bucket being sent underground detached and blocked the mine shaft, Vale said.

As a result, it said the “conveyance system” for taking workers to and from the surface became unavailable.

Vale said the trapped miners have been staying in underground “refuge stations,” some 900 to 1,200 metres underground, as part of the company’s standard procedures.

The workers began making their way out Monday night through a “a secondary egress ladder system,” the company said.

“We thank the impacted employees for their patience and perseverance and the mine rescue teams for their tireless dedication and support,” said Gord Gilpin, head of mining for Vale’s Ontario operations. “This has been an incredible team effort.”

A rescue team met the miners Monday and prepared them for the long journey to the surface.

The union said the miners had to scale a system of ladders, with each ladder being about six metres long and with a staging area at every break.

“When an incident like this unfortunately happens, everyone comes together,” said Nick Larochelle, president of USW Local 6500

“The miners support each other, the highly trained mine rescue teams come together and the whole community waits patiently praying for the safe return of every one of the 39 miners to surface.”

The company said the trapped miners had access to food, water and medicine. The union added that miners had been able to make phone calls to both communicate with rescuers and to call loved ones.

Totten Mine opened in 2014, in Worthington, Ont., and produces copper, nickel and precious metals. It employs about 200 people.

The province’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, said an inspection team will investigate the incident once the rescue operation is finished.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2021.

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