Doctors group says changing rules causes confusion as variants surge

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 9, 2021

"Facing the new variants requires a new and co-ordinated approach to regain control".

Last month, a group of doctors penned a letter to federal and provincial governments to raise their concerns and questions about delaying second doses, noting that Canada was the only country attempting this and that there was not enough data to back up the decision. Trudeau said he would speak with Ontario Premier Doug Ford later on Tuesday, without providing further details. "What I would say is, and based on a lot of conversations at all levels... what we see is a real desire to ensure that they have a constant flow of vaccines". "But I'd be speculating about a specific date", he said.

"What I'm seeing on the clinical service is younger people getting sicker in a more unpredictable way, in a way that's more hard to trace in much higher numbers". "That last mile, all the way to the point where Canadians get immunized, is different from one jurisdiction to another, and they're doing fantastic work immunizing as effectively as possible, given all the circumstances", Fortin said. "I'm anxious about where's the peak going to be and will we be able to handle it".

Ontario reported 3,295 new cases Thursday - the highest since mid-January - and 19 more deaths as the new restrictions took effect.

On Tuesday, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick's acting chief medical, joined the NACI panel on behalf of the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health. Of those, 525 are in intensive care - 100 higher than the peak number of intensive care admissions during the second wave of the pandemic.

She also say there are 165 new cases in Durham Region and 160 in Ottawa.

The panel says members also looked at mathematical modelling that showed accelerating vaccine coverage, by getting more people inoculated, "would have substantial population benefits by reducing symptomatic disease, hospitalizations, and death while there is limited vaccine supply".

The rising numbers prompted Premier Francois Legault to convene a late-afternoon briefing along with the province's health minister and director of public health.

Two per cent of Canadians are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. "This is a reminder that COVID-19 can impact people of all ages, and severe illness can occur at any age", said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, per CTV News Canada.

COVAX aims to supply vaccines to all participating economies that have requested vaccines, in the first half of 2021, despite some delays in planned deliveries for March and April, WHO said in a press release.

But for now, "the vast majority of Canadians remain susceptible to COVID-19", she said.

Henry says the increase in vaccine dose will help Canada scale up its immunization rollout.

Public-health measures, such as restrictions, are important, he said, especially in areas where variants are spreading.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Thursday that COVAX Facility has now delivered 38 million doses of vaccines to over 100 economies since making its first worldwide delivery to Ghana in February.

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