Canada to change travel rules due to Covid-19 variants

Grant Boone
January 20, 2021

There is an average of about 4,775 individuals with Covid-19 being treated in Canadian hospitals, over 880 of whom are in critical care, and over 140 deaths are being reported each day, said the agency. "I'm asking you for help".

The health minister said B.C. won't be following other provinces going outside the federal procurement process to obtain more vaccines, saying he's confident in the federal government's approach.

The drug company reported a temporary reduction in the company's ability to deliver vaccines last week, as the company makes improvements to its facilities to increase production capacity in the long run.

"I think a lot of people are comparing stories from country to country and trying to figure out how we can all move quicker".

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is appealing to U-S president-elect Joe Biden for help securing more COVID-19 vaccines for the province.

He said he hopes the delay is a one-time situation with Pfizer.

He said the required second shot of Pfizer's vaccine is supposed to be starting, but the shipment delay means there will be 5,850 fewer doses arriving next week.

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The premier says this is unacceptable noting smaller countries around the world are getting vaccines and a major power like Canada is being left out.

The province says it continues to work toward a goal of vaccinating all long-term care homes by February 15. Vera Etches, says that while there will be challenges in the coming weeks, significant progress was made on vaccinating residents of long-term care homes.

Second doses are crucial to the strength of the program and B.C. remains committed to a 35-day interval between doses, he said.

That's about half of the doses the province was expecting to receive over that period.

Vaccine has been reserved to ensure the province can provide second doses to all long-term care and designated supportive living residents, Shandro said.

"Both homes were experiencing exceptional health concerns and as a result, OPH prioritized the administration of vaccines to these two additional sites to protect our community, in-line with the provincial guidance to protect high risk homes following the (long-term care homes)", the memo said.

The province will do everything it can to provide second doses to those who were given their first vaccines within the approved window of time, Hinshaw said.

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