Politics briefing: Advising on COVID-19 vaccines reflects the nature of science, says Tam


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Amid the controversial advice of a national panel on vaccines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is clinging to his expressed view that vaccines are properly approved, and allows Canadians to take them as soon as possible to end the epidemic Needed.

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The issue arose after the National Advisory Committee on Immunization stated that mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are “preferred” because viral-vector vaccines from Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have a remote risk of blood clots. .

Here is a story of how the Canadian Pharmacists Association reacted to the advice.

“I can once again confirm that every single vaccine available in Canada has been approved, both safely and effectively,” Mr. Trudeau said at a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister avoided reacting to the recommendations that have sparked so much debate.

“It is a good thing that we get to hear from a wide range of recommendations by medical experts and doctors to keep us safe. The bottom line is that we all need [to] Get vaccinated as soon as possible. “

Mr. Trudeau said that he was very happy that he got a shot of AstraZeneca.

Dr. When asked about the issue at the same news conference, Theresa Tam said she could understand why some are worried or frustrated because “advice is developing,” but noted that there is science and the nature of advice.

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He said that various parties, including Health Canada and the Immunization Advisory Committee, are all doing their work.

“The bottom line is that everyone should be assured that regulators, health experts and local medical authorities have all done their work in a synchronized way to provide vaccines to communities. You should be confident that the vaccine you are offering is done with that best knowledge, ”she said.

Dr. Tam said that there will be a continuous effort to monitor the information around AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

On another issue, Mr. Trudeau was also asked about his chief of staff, Katie Telford, after the House of Commons opened a debate on Conservative Opposition Day’s proposal on Tuesday, with Mr. Trudeau to fire him for dealing with the allegations said. Jonathan Vance, former chief of defense staff. Christy Kirkup and Janice Dickson report on that issue here.

When asked about the possibility of Ms. Telford’s testimony before the Commons Defense Committee, the prime minister brushed aside the specific issue, accusing opponents of “playing a highly aggressive partisan game” with the issue of sexual harassment in the military.

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Prime Minister’s day

Private meetings. The Prime Minister holds a news conference on the COVID-19 situation, in which he participates in the Question Hour. He talks with the prince of Wales.

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