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Why Canada’s big bets on delaying, mixing doses of COVID-19 vaccines could pay off

May 17 2021 — — While the typical approach for COVID-19 vaccinations is using the same brand for each dose, given at specific intervals, Canada has been exploring mixing doses on top of delaying second shots up to four months — two big bets that could pay off. Before vaccine shipments started ramping up, Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization […]

Justin Trudeau won’t commit, but a top health adviser says Canada will need an inquiry into its pandemic response

May 16 2021 — Tonda MacCharles — A post-pandemic review of how Canada handled the health disaster should be led by international experts and should look at both federal and provincial gaps, says a leading doctor who is working closely with the federal government on its COVID-19 response. Dr. David Naylor, a behind-the-scenes adviser to the federal Liberal government as co-chair of […]

UK readies for major reopening but new variant sparks worry

May 16 2021 — Jill Lawless — LONDON (AP) — Travelers in England were packing their bags, bartenders were polishing their glasses and performers were warming up as Britain prepared Sunday for a major step out of lockdown — but with clouds of worry on the horizon. Excitement at the reopening of travel and hospitality vied with anxiety that a more contagious […]

AstraZeneca-Oxford developer blasts Canada’s approach to vaccine, says ‘messing around is going to cost lives’

May 15 2021 — Sarah Turnbull — As several provinces suspend the first dose of AstraZeneca, and questions remain about whether a second shot will be green-lighted, the researcher who oversaw the development of the vaccine says the move is not only flawed but may lead to serious consequences. Oxford University regius professor of medicine Sir John Bell told CTV News’ Question […]

Study: Delaying Pfizer 2nd dose for 3 months increases protection

May 14 2021 — — Waiting for a second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine may offer older people more protection than getting the jab on time, according to a new study. Researchers in the U.K. looked at 175 people over the age of 80 — giving half their second Pfizer shot at the three-week interval recommended by the drug […]

Canada reports 28 cases of rare blood clots following AstraZeneca vaccinations

May 13 2021 — John Paul Tasker — After distributing more than 2.3 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses nationwide, public health officials have so far identified 28 suspected cases of a rare but serious condition called vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT). Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, said Thursday that 18 of those cases have been verified through testing while 10 more […]

Canada could be mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines by the summer: Tam

May 13 2021 — — Canada’s top doctor believes Canada could be mixing different kinds of COVID-19 vaccines in the next few months, as several provinces have already halted administering first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine over concerns surrounding rare blood clotting. In an interview during CTV News Channel’s “Get the Facts on the Vax” special on Wednesday, Canada’s chief […]

Mixing COVID-19 vaccine doses leads to more reactions, study finds

May 12 2021 — — Mixing different types of COVID-19 vaccines for two doses can hike the chance of someone having mild or moderate reactions like fatigue, headache or a fever, according to early results from a U.K. study, which is being watched closely by health officials in Canada and beyond. The findings were published Wednesday as correspondence, not as […]