© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The emergence of AstraZeneca vaccine in Canada
By Steve Scherer
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada on Tuesday said the AstraZeneca (NASDAQ 🙂 COVID-19 vaccine is safe and will continue to be recommended despite criticism from US health officials about the analysis. effectiveness of this drug, health officials said.
Health Canada Senior Official Marc Berthiaume told reporters: “The message is that the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine has been proven. “Preventing COVID-19 continues to benefit Canadians.”
The supply of coronavirus vaccine is on the rise in Canada, with about 2 million doses Pfizer Inc (NYSE 🙂 and Modern (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc will have a vaccine this week. The United States says it will share 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine with Canada earlier this week.
The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said on Monday that the panel responsible for ensuring the accuracy of AstraZeneca’s latest test said the company may have given an incomplete look at effectiveness of the shot. Since then, the company said it will publish updated results https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN2BF1RE from the latest beta within 48 hours.
“We will review the complete data package (from the US) in April, and will evaluate and notify the results,” said Supriya Sharma, chief medical advisor to the Federal Health Canada Department of Health. “The bottom line is: that doesn’t change the AstraZeneca vaccine recommendations at this time.”
The Alberta Health Department’s Health Director said on Twitter Tuesday there would be a one or two day delay in the delivery of Moderna vaccines this week, Alberta’s Health Director said on Twitter Tuesday, adding that the injection schedule would not be affected.
Also on Tuesday, Canada said it would provide C $ 23.7 million (US $ 18.9 million) to the province of Ontario to open more voluntary quarantine sites for those infected and in need. a place for quarantine when cases escalate in the third episode.
Canada has recorded approximately 940,000 viral infections and more than 22,700 deaths caused by COVID-19.
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