The country’s top doctor says Canadians can expect an update on the potential use of additional COVID-19 shots for those most at risk “very soon”.
Speaking at a news conference Friday morning, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam told reporters she expected the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) to make recommendations on whether additional doses are needed for those at the highest risk. Will do
In particular, Tam said, the committee is looking at people who received the COVID-19 vaccine earlier in the year.
“So this includes, for example, people living in long-term care homes or for senior citizens,” she said. “Therefore I hope that the Committee will conclude its deliberations on this group … very soon.”
Tam did not elaborate on a timeline further, but his remarks came after the United States approved booster shots for Americans age 65 and older, adults with underlying medical conditions, and in high-risk settings. adults, such as in the workplace or group life.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday endorsed the plan, which is in line with the US Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of an additional shot earlier this week.
Pfizer-BioNTech is the vaccine of choice. Additional shots will also be started in long-term care facilities and are open to the more than 20 million Americans who received their second Pfizer shot more than six months ago.
Tam said that in addition to looking at US data on boosters, Canada has its own measures to follow because its vaccine approach is different.
“For example, when we use mRNA vaccines similar to those in the United States, many Canadians actually had an extended interval compared to the United States, and what the data is showing us is that the extended interval is a more Produces stronger immune response and the effectiveness of the vaccine improves with longer intervals,” she said.
“Therefore Canadian data needs to be analyzed on what we are also gathering from the international community, and we are taking a thorough, thoughtful and phased approach to look at additional doses.”
Canada has already fine-tuned additional doses for some immunocompromised individuals, the new measure announced on September 10.
Tam said at the time, “NACI continues to investigate the need for booster doses, which are initially intended to restore adequate immune protection as opposed to additional doses that may decrease over time.”
However, booster shots remain a divisive issue by health experts and internationally.
Vaccine inequality was one of the agenda items at the UN’s annual meeting this week. The leaders of several African countries, whose populations have little or no access to shots, spoke out.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said it was “a matter of great concern” that the Granthshala community “has not supported the principles of solidarity and cooperation to achieve equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.”
“It is an indictment of humanity that more than 82 percent of the world’s vaccine doses have been acquired by rich countries, while less than one percent have gone to low-income countries.”
During a Granthshala COVID-19 summit on Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced that the US would purchase Pfizer shots to share a billion doses with the world, in an effort to vaccinate 70 percent of the Granthshala population within the next year. will double.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was also in attendance, was committed to that goal.
“To accomplish this, Canada will build on the significant progress made so far, and focus on increasing the production, availability and distribution of vaccines,” a summit reading said.
“To date, Canada has contributed more than $2.5 billion to help address this crisis globally. We are also committed to sharing millions of doses of vaccines with the rest of the world, including the COVAX facility.”
Tam said Friday that more than 80 percent of Canada’s eligible population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. According to Johns Hopkins University32.71 percent of the world’s population is fully vaccinated.
Earlier this month, University of Toronto bioethics professor Kerry Bowman told Granthshala News that Canada needs to fight the pandemic with a Granthshala outlook.
“Booster shots may well be needed for immunocompromised people and a subset of people,[but]I think in the short term, we should not have widespread booster shots – meaning a third dose – at all, ethical. reasons and for epidemiological reasons,” he said.
“We really need to start making a deeper commitment to the world at large to protect ourselves and because it’s the right thing to do.”
-With files from Reuters and the Associated Press
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