National Newswatch

Hotel quarantine for travellers to begin Feb. 22, Trudeau says

Feb 12 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — New restrictions for incoming travellers will come into effect on Feb. 22, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday — including a fresh hotel quarantine requirement. “Later today, Minister Hajdu, Blair and Leblanc will announced the details of new testing quarantine and enforcement for everyone flying or driving back to Canada,” Trudeau said.

Canada approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine label change to 6 doses

Feb 9 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — Health Canada has authorized a label change to Pfizer–BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine that will allow six doses of the precious drug to be extracted per vial. Up until now, Canada has been extracting five doses from a single vial of the vaccine. The company recently pushed Health Canada to change the label information, as it did […]

Canada contractually bound to keep COVID-19 vaccine contracts secret, Anand says

Feb 5 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — As provinces implore the federal government to make its coronavirus vaccine contracts public, Procurement Minister Anita Anand has confirmed that the entirety of the deals are subject to confidentiality clauses. However, Anand said she’s trying to push back on these clauses in conversations with the pharmaceutical companies. “The confidentiality clauses apply to the contracts as […]

COVAX vaccine fund ‘always’ intended to help vaccinate Canadians, feds say

Feb 4 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — The government says its contribution to the COVAX vaccine program has “always been intended” to secure additional coronavirus vaccine access for Canada, on top of supporting vaccination rollouts in lower-income countries. “COVAX is not a fund for developing countries only but a mechanism to ensure equitable access to vaccines for all countries that are participating […]