Friday, May 7, 2021
ADVT 
National

Ontario waits for guidance as B.C. delays 2nd dose

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 03 Mar, 2021
  • Ontario waits for guidance as B.C. delays 2nd dose

Ontario is waiting for a recommendation from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization before delaying second doses of COVID-19 vaccine, while British Columbia is pushing ahead with its plan to extend the interval to four months.

B.C.'s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday the decision was based on local and international evidence that shows the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines provides "miraculous" 90 per cent protection from the virus.

Henry said she was expecting a statement from the national advisory committee that would align with the province's decision, while Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said Tuesday she wanted to wait for such a recommendation.

Dr. Shelley Deeks, vice-chair of the national committee, said in an email the group expected to issue a statement on extending the dose interval on Wednesday, but she did not confirm it would align with B.C.'s plan.

Alberto Martin, a University of Toronto immunology professor, says a published clinical trial showed the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provided 60 per cent protection, but B.C. may have access to new or unpublished data.

He says there is "obviously some concern" about B.C.'s plan because he is not aware of any clinical trial that examined a four-month gap between doses, but difficult times — when the vaccine supply is so limited — require drastic measures.

 

MORE National ARTICLES

Mounties who shot at other RCMP won't face charges

Mounties who shot at other RCMP won't face charges

The Serious Incident Response team concludes the officers who fired their guns had been told the killer was driving a replica police vehicle and was wearing an orange vest, giving them grounds to believe the officer standing beside a patrol car was the murderer.

Mounties who shot at other RCMP won't face charges

Let's prepare for the next pandemic, feds urge

Let's prepare for the next pandemic, feds urge

Grant is taking part in a Wilson Center forum today with U.S. and Mexican officials about the effort to reset the trilateral relationship.

Let's prepare for the next pandemic, feds urge

Canada must ban coal exports, group says

Canada must ban coal exports, group says

Canada is forcing out any coal-fired power plants that aren't equipped with carbon-capture technology by 2030 and Wilkinson told the alliance summit "there is simply no place for unabated coal" in a net-zero emissions world.

Canada must ban coal exports, group says

Giving bank info to U.S. averted catastrophe: feds

Giving bank info to U.S. averted catastrophe: feds

In a newly filed submission to the Federal Court of Appeal, the Canadian government says failure to comply would have had serious effects on Canada's financial sector, its customers and the broader economy.

Giving bank info to U.S. averted catastrophe: feds

NDP pledges support for small businesses

NDP pledges support for small businesses

Singh unveiled the promises during a campaign-style event in British Columbia on Tuesday, less than a week after he said the New Democrats would not provoke an election as long as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.

NDP pledges support for small businesses

Police probe death of B.C. boy injured last week

Police probe death of B.C. boy injured last week

Sgt. Frank Jang, spokesman for the homicide team, says the child died later that day from extensive injuries, but few other details are being released.

Police probe death of B.C. boy injured last week

PrevNext