Variants Could Double Case Counts: Tam

Public Health Agency of Canada

"So as Passover, Easter and Ramadan approach, make plans to celebrate safely, including having virtual celebrations to protect each other as we make this the last big push to keep the path clear for vaccines", she said.

The changes to the "Am I Eligible" website come as people 50 and older are now eligible for the vaccine in ny.

She pointed out that while COVID-19 continues to impact people of all ages in Canada, infection rates are the highest among those aged 20 to 39 years of age.

Federal officials are "anxious" over new modelling showing an increase in daily COVID-19 cases, which they say comes at a bad time with several religious holidays nearing, and people wanting to gather with families.

According to a vaccine tracker maintained by CBC News, Canada is behind 34 countries in terms of the percentage of the population that has received at least one dose of vaccine.

"In parts of Canada where variants of concern represent an increasingly high proportion of cases and are associated with a greater number of outbreaks, we need to maintain high degree of vigilance to keep COVID-19 infections rates down as vaccine programs scale up", Tam said Friday, noting Canada is now in a "tight race" against the variants.

Anand also said Moderna has upped its delivery frequency from every three weeks to every two weeks, and reiterated that "at least" one million Pfizer-BioNTech shots will be arriving in Canada every week through the end of May.

On Friday, it was confirmed that the U.S.is set to receive roughly 11-million doses of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine as early as next week.

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Nonetheless, the outlook in the US stands in stark contrast to the deteriorating situation in places like Brazil, which reported more than 3,000 COVID-19 deaths in a single day for the first time Tuesday, and across Europe, where another wave of infections is leading to new lockdowns. The favorable downward trend in some states can hide an increase in case numbers in others, particularly smaller ones, said Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. Tam said stronger public health measures will be necessary to counter the resurgence fueled by more infectious variants.

Quebec reopened gyms in parts of the province on Friday, and places of worship in those areas are allowed once again to welcome up to 250 people indoors.

Seeking to offer an incentive to double-down now, Tam said that eventually easing restrictions will only be possible if current spread is brought under control. "If there are detections that this activity is ramping up, then definitely don't relax".

The tracker, which only includes countries that report vaccine data publicly, shows that 10.73 per cent of Canadians have received one dose, while only 1.7 per cent have been fully vaccinated.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story.

"It is important to remember that although severe illness is less common in younger age groups, serious or prolonged illness can occur at any age and there are emerging concerns about increased severity of the B.1.1.7 variant in adults", Tam explained.

"These vaccines work. We're seeing it in the data", Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said this week.

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