UK: Vaccines reduce severe COVID-19 in elderly

Ruben Fields
March 4, 2021

Tam said the decision made by NACI is not final and says the committee will be updating its recommendations based on real-world and clinical data as it becomes available. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, said it is up to the provinces and territories to determine who is best placed to get which vaccines, but all are safe and effective in reducing serious illness and death connected to COVID-19.

But last month, two Canadian doctors submitted a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, which used US data to suggest that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could be 92 per cent effective against COVID-19 two weeks following the first dose.

On Wednesday, the Ontario government said it will give the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot to residents aged 60 to 64.

Ottawa also confirmed Wednesday it is extending three federal support programs meant to lessen the economic impact of COVID-19 on residents and business owners until June.

Jeong noted that there were no cases of fatalities from receiving COVID-19 vaccines developed by AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech.

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Last Friday, Canadian health regulators authorised the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine along with the Serum Institute of India version of the vaccine.

By Tuesday midnight, 85 904 people had received first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and 1 524 had been given Pfizer shots, KDCA said in a statement.

Premier Dennis King said he told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a discussion Tuesday that ready to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Trudeau also announced $518-million for scientific research in Canada - that's expected to help fund more than 100 projects that could include studies on the virus.

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