Trudeau says he’s glad he got AstraZeneca, COVID-19 vaccines are only out of the epidemic

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Nurse Kevin Sagun with Humber River Hospital pulled a dose of the Modern COVID-19 vaccine on March 26, 2021 before administering it to the LOFT Community Housing Complex in Toronto.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the way the epidemic that Canada brings is to get everyone vaccinated as soon as possible, amid fears and frustration over the National Advisory Committee’s new advice for vaccination.

NACI said on Monday that Canadians who are not at high risk of COVID-19 may prefer to wait until they can get a shot of Pfizer-Bayonet or Moderna, because they can get a new blood- Does not carry a remote risk of clotting syndrome. .

NACI said that Canadians under the age of 30 should not be offered AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson, as the risk of serious illness or death from COVID is known as vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia, or VITT.

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This directly contradicts the long-standing advice from Health Canada to get you the first vaccine offered, and Trudeau said on Tuesday that the advice is still intact.

“On a personal level, I’m very happy that I received the AstraZeneca vaccine several weeks ago,” he said.

“It was extremely important for me to be able to protect my loved ones, protect my family and do my part, to make sure that all Canadians get to it as quickly as possible. And this is the reality. We all want to get rid of this epidemic as soon as possible. And that means we all get vaccinated as soon as possible. “

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Chief Public Health Officer Drs. Theresa Tam said she understands that people may get frustrated or angry about changing advice but added that as science changes, things change. He stated that there are different risk-benefit findings depending on individual and community conditions.

“But then, I will repeat to my chief medical officers that the AstraZeneca vaccine deployed in the middle of a third wave has saved lives and prevented serious illnesses,” she said.

Some arguments do not matter much. Canada is scheduled to receive up to 36 million doses of mRNA vaccines in the next two months – 24.2 million from Pfizer and between 10 million and 12 million from Modern.

By comparison, Procurement Minister Anita Anand said that approximately 1.6 million doses of AstraZeneca are scheduled to be delivered on Tuesday, although negotiations are ongoing to receive additional doses from the US supply of that vaccine.

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No shipment of J&J has been temporarily scheduled.

The first 300,000 doses of J&J arrived last week, but were halted because they were made partially in Maryland with multiple safety violations. Health Canada is trying to verify doses that meet the required standards.

Trudeau said Modern’s next shipment of one million doses is now arriving in Canada on Wednesday, a week ahead of schedule.

Canada expects to receive 92 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna by the end of September, 18 million more than every Canadian requiring it to give two doses to each Canadian.

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