COVID-19: More than 200 variant cases in Alberta Wednesday breaks record

"I appeal to every citizen who is 45 or above to register for vaccination", Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, announcing the cabinet decision to expand the drive that started in January.

Alberta Health Services has now administered more than 500,000 vaccine doses, the health minister said Wednesday. It was allowed to be taken between four to six weeks earlier, but scientists have now said that taking the second dose between four and eight weeks gives improved results.

The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on March 1 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

"We request that all eligible people should immediately register from April 1 and get vaccinated, as it is the shield against the disease", Javadekar told reporters.

Javadekar also informed that as per the advice by scientists and world scientist bodies, the second dose can be administered between the fourth and eighth week, particularly for COVISHIELD.

There were a total of 692 new COVID-19 cases in Alberta on Wednesday and two more people have died. The minister said he was confident that vaccination will increase at a fast pace.

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"In many ways, (the public health measures) matter more than ever because we are getting so close to the end of this pandemic, thanks to vaccines", she said.

In the last day hospitals did see a slight decrease in COVID-19 patients, with 285 people now fighting the virus in hospital, and 53 people in the ICU.

"What we need to do in Alberta is up to all of us and the next few weeks really are going to be a measure of how we are all collectively making choices, prioritizing our community, preventing that spread within the current public health measures", Hinshaw said.

He will have no title as Princess Anne's children were not given "HRH" styling at her request to enable them to lead more normal lives.A Buckingham Palace spokesman said, "The queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news and look forward to meeting their 10th great-grandchild when circumstances allow."Asked if the baby was "bonny", Tindall said he weighed eight pounds four ounces and arrived "very quickly."We didn't make it to hospital. Masks have to be used, hands have to be washed but those who can take the vaccine should take".

He said, "Covid-19 vaccination started in the country from January 16 where health workers and frontline workers were provided priority in availing the facility".

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