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Alberta reports first death from AstraZeneca vaccine, second in Canada

Alberta reports first death from AstraZeneca vaccine, second in Canada”

According to Hinshaw, 253,000 doses of AstraZeneca or CoviShield have been administered in the province to date.

He said he's also anxious that this will make Canadians who already got AstraZeneca afraid to get their second dose.

NACI said Monday that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are "preferred" and that Canadians should weigh the risks of waiting for one of them before deciding whether to take a more immediate jab of either of the other two approved for use in Canada.

The panel's advice contradicts Health Canada's long-standing recommendation that the best vaccine is the first one available.

Pfizer and BioNTech have been consistently delivering around 1 million doses from Brussels each week since mid-March, but those numbers will double over the next month before increasing further in June. "I can reinforce once again that every single vaccine available in Canada has been approved by Health Canada as being safe and effective".

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"Now that supply and eligibility have expanded, it's even more important for us to reach underserved and vulnerable populations to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine", said Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president for Health & Wellness at Walmart.

The mRNA Moderna vaccine was authorized on December 23, 2020 by Health Canada for individuals who are 18 years of age and older. Similar to Pfizer, the two-shot vaccine has been offered at local hospitals, mass immunization clinics, and pop-up clinics.

Shipments of the Moderna vaccine arrived a day after Health Canada's approval, and it was first distributed to Canada's North. "NACI notes that Canada has procured and is expecting enough mRNA vaccines to fully vaccinate the now eligible Canadian population before fall 2021". The adenovirus vector vaccine is given in two doses, and while the vaccine was first authorized for Canadians who are 18 years of age and older, NACI has made recommendations on which age group should receive this vaccine.

Currently, the AstraZeneca vaccine is being offered to Albertans born in 1981 or earlier. Over 8 million people have received the shot State-side.

With both manufacturers combined, the government has secured a total of 22 million doses of AstraZeneca.



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