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Over half of Canadians receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Over half of Canadians receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine”

Canada's deputy chief medical officer says the country's COVID-19 vaccination rates have doubled in five weeks, reaching almost 20 million doses administered to date, while daily cases continue to decline.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says Canada is extending its ban on incoming flights from India and Pakistan for another month through June 21.

"This past week we marked some incredible milestones in COVID-19 vaccines delivery and vaccination coverage, including delivery of 4.5 million doses of vaccines ahead of the long weekend and reaching 20 million vaccines administered across the country", according to the Public Health Agency of Canada on Saturday. This opportunity is being made available to ensure every vaccine dose possible is used to protect Ontarians during the effective delivery period, said the ministry.

"I think we've all regretted things we've said". Those who received the first dose of AstraZeneca between March 10 and March 19 will be first in line to get their second dose.

In an announcement at the summit, Pfizer promised two billion vaccine doses and Moderna "up to" 995m by the end of next year at cost or discount to poorer nations.

Dr. Dirk Huyer, the coordinator of the provincial outbreak response team, said the plan is to use the soon-to-be expired AZ doses to provide second doses to those who want them.

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"We look forward to seeing more data about these cases, so we can better understand if they are related to the vaccine or if they are coincidental", said Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics's Committee on Infectious Diseases. This will begin in the regions where the AstraZeneca vaccine was initially launched in pharmacies in March 2021 (Kingston, Windsor, Toronto), said the news release.

Nationally, new COVID-19 cases continued to trend below the third-wave peaks reported in mid-April, although case counts remained high in several provinces.

Cases of VITT are reportedly lower with second doses than with first, NACI said.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now assessing heart inflammation among some teenagers and young adults after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

So, if a person's first dose was an mRNA vaccine, their second dose should also be an mRNA vaccine.



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