Update on the Coronavirus Outbreak on July 16
The government has cooperated with other countries to admit that Canadians in mixed doses have been fully vaccinated
Canadians who have received two different doses of the COVID-19 vaccine still face uncertainty if they travel to countries where health officials have not approved the combined vaccine.
At the press conference on Thursday, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominique LeBlanc was asked to specify what the federal government is doing to ensure that other countries recognize mixed doses.
“We work with our allies…share data and work with them to develop the best immunization strategy, so we understand Canadians’ concerns about international travel,” he said.
LeBlanc pointed out that the federal government is working to create an internationally recognized vaccination certificate certificate-or vaccine passport-but did not say how this will apply to Canadians at two different doses, although he said he will provide more details “in the future.” Weeks and months. “
In June, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization issued guidelines that allow AstraZeneca-Oxford, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna injections to be used interchangeably in some cases.
Although the federal government advises against unnecessary travel abroad, Canadians inevitably travel. But some people who have been vaccinated with two different vaccines worry that this will affect their plans.
Laura Sharpe received a dose of Pfizer and a dose of Moderna. This native from Surrey, British Columbia, had a long and repeated exchange with Barbados health officials to discuss whether she would be regarded as a tourist going to Caribbean countries for vaccinations.
“This may last for months or even years before this problem is resolved,” she said.
With the increase in vaccination rates in most developed countries, including on cruise ships (see this newsletter entry) and Thursday night report Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the governors during the COVID-19 status update that if the current vaccination rate continues to increase, then by mid-August Americans and travelers from all over the world will be in early September Fully vaccinate.
The doctor says the childhood virus that disappeared during the pandemic lockdown is back
Doctors say that as children come out of their homes after a lockdown related to COVID-19, common viruses that have almost disappeared during the pandemic are also reappearing.
“Pediatric hospitals are usually quiet at this time of the year,” said Dr. Fatima Kakkar, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal. “But now we are seeing a surge in respiratory infections.”
She said that the level of non-COVID disease is what Kakkar usually sees in the fall, when children are out at daycare centers or schools.
Although the public health measures taken last year—including social distancing, wearing masks, and staying at home—were used to stop the spread of COVID-19, they also have the side benefit of preventing other respiratory viruses, including colds and respiratory syncytial virus. (RSV) and human parainfluenza viruses that cause croup.
But experts say this also means that because children have not been exposed to these viruses for a long time, they have not established the antibodies that they would normally produce – and they will not have the immunity that they might otherwise have.
“What happened to us is that we…have never been in contact,” said Dr. Alison McGill, an infectious disease expert and microbiologist at the Sinai Health Center in Toronto.
“Now that we are back to normal, the children can see each other, we are starting to see those infections [again] In children. “
All this means that schools and education bureaus may make difficult decisions about how to keep their children safe and how to ensure the correct distinction between cold, flu and COVID-19 cases.
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Ottawa advances the planned return of the cruise ship by 3 months
The Federal Minister of Transportation announced on Thursday that the cruise ship will be allowed to return to Canadian waters on November 1.
Minister Omar Alghabra stated that cruise lines will be required to “fully comply with public health requirements” in order to sail through Canadian waters and call at their ports. Federal officials initially extended the cruise ship ban until the end of February.
In a speech in Victoria on Thursday, Algabra said that the government believes it is possible to shorten the restriction period because the country has made progress in vaccination and reducing the number of COVID-19 cases.
This may be true, but it is also true U.S. Congressmen have been lobbying fiercely Considering the importance of the industry to Alaska’s tourism industry, legislation is even needed to bypass British Columbia’s ports.
The ban has dealt a devastating blow to port communities that have long relied on tourism. According to data from the International Cruise Line Association-Northwest and Canada, the cruise industry contributed more than $4.1 billion to the Canadian economy in 2018 and created 29,000 jobs.
Over 2.3 billion Canadian dollars in economic activity and approximately 15,000 jobs in British Columbia
Officials in British Columbia and Atlantic Canada welcomed the news.
“Unvaccinated pandemic”: The number of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States has increased by 26% from the previous week
U.S. officials said on Friday that the delta change of COVID-19 is reflected in the major strains of the world and is driving a surge in deaths across the United States, almost entirely among unvaccinated people.
Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that compared with the previous week, COVID-19 cases have increased by 70% and deaths have increased by 26%. Most of the surge occurred in vaccines. County press conferences where vaccination rates are below average.
“This is becoming an unvaccinated epidemic,” she said.
According to officials, four states accounted for 40% of the increase in cases, and Florida alone accounted for one-fifth of the country’s new cases in the past week.
Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, and Nevada are also listed as states with a significant increase in cases.
For people 65 years and older, the vaccination rate is considerable, but federal health officials urge young people to get vaccinated.
At the same time, the increase in cases has caused some jurisdictions to reconsider their regulations on wearing masks indoors, including Los Angeles County, which will resume wearing masks indoors next weekend.
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Ontario enters step 3 to ease the burden on gym, salon, and restaurant owners
Ontario enters on Friday Step 3 of its reopening framework, Gyms, cinemas, theaters, museums and other places can reopen the stage for indoor services.
Dining in the restaurant is also allowed, and the nightclub can be reopened under capacity restrictions. Social gatherings of up to 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors are also allowed.
Three construction workers from Brantford ate at Danny’s restaurant Friday in London Said they were on their way to work in St. Thomas and planned their breakfast pit stop the night before.
At 7 am Eastern Time, at a table, a hospital worker ate a breakfast sandwich on the way to work.
At 6:30 in the morning, people peeped through the windows. Excitedly, after months of taking out and dining on the terrace, the restaurant was finally able to open for indoor dining.
“Hopefully this is just the first step to leave all of this behind,” said Jen Zumbergar, Danny’s general manager.
In Kitchener, Gym and bar owners are also eager to welcome customers and customers.
Bill Walker, CEO of Landmark Cinemas Canada, said the chain is increasing its theater capacity by 25% and keeping a distance between the seat maps.
Walker explained that the spread of the virus in movie theaters in the province has been brought under control because “the format of the movie sits quietly in one direction and does not talk to anyone.”
Based on the high COVID-19 vaccination rate and other positive public health trends, the province entered the third step of the reopening plan a few days earlier than originally planned.
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