After 100 days of lockdown, Toronto wants to move into gray zone

After 100 days in isolation, Toronto’s mayor and senior doctor said on Wednesday they were ready for the province to lift a stay-at-home order for the city. The city’s medical officer of health, Dr Eileen de Villa, announced the change at a press conference on Wednesday with Mayor John Tory, calling it “a step forward towards more flexibility.” She encouraged […]

Research institutions will receive financial support from the federal government

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced more than $ 518 million in funding for research projects at colleges, universities and hospitals across the country. Part of the funding will go to projects to speed up national vaccine production. The Liberal government has come under fire for what critics call insufficient efforts to invest in national COVID-19 vaccine research and manufacturing […]

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and the elderly: where Canada stands and other countries

Canadians now have a third option to protect themselves against COVID-19 after Health Canada approved the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine last Friday. But questions remain as to whether it should be used in people aged 65 and over – a problem playing out in other countries around the world as well. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) on Monday recommended that […]

In the face of deadly pandemic, Ontario long-term care homes continue to violate COVID-19 safety rules

Ten months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, inspectors were still catching Ontario long-term care homes violating critical infection prevention and control measures. A survey of CBC News data found that one in 12 long-term care facilities in the province were caught violating COVID-specific government guidelines between June 2020 and January 2021. Numerous violations have occurred. produced during or […]

AstraZeneca doses expected to arrive tomorrow – but questions remain as to who gets them first

The first batch of the Canadian supply of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine is expected to arrive tomorrow, but public health officials still have distribution issues to address before they can deliver these vaccines. Last Friday, Health Canada approved the product AstraZeneca. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), the independent committee that sets guidelines for vaccine deployment, does not recommend that […]

Why Canada’s pandemic experience has been easier than some

Although difficult months are ahead – especially for poorer countries that lack the resources to purchase vaccines – the end of the coronavirus pandemic in the developed world is now in sight. Virus variants remain an unpredictable element, but trends suggest that the vast majority of anticipated deaths in developed countries from the COVID-19 pandemic have already occurred. The range […]

WHO expert group issues strong advice against hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19

The drug hydroxychloroquine, once touted by former US President Donald Trump as a pandemic “game changer”, is not expected to be used to prevent COVID-19 and has no significant effect on patients already infected, said Tuesday a group of experts from the World Health Organization. Anti-inflammatory should not be among drugs used to fight pandemic, WHO Guideline Development Group (GDG) […]

Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine not recommended for seniors, committee says

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has recommended that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine not be used in people 65 years of age and older, although Health Canada has approved its use in adults of all ages. The committee, which makes recommendations to governments on the use of newly approved vaccines for humans, said in documents published Monday it does not […]