Canada's Northern and Indigenous communities could get vaccines in days


Moderna Inc.'s vaccine is safe and effective for preventing Covid-19 in people ages 18 and older, USA regulators said, clearing the way for a second shot to quickly gain emergency authorisation and add to the country's sprawling immunisation effort.

"I'm joyous to be able to say that the federal government has authorized the use of a COVID vaccine", Gov. Jay Inslee said Sunday, adding that Washington state has finished its own scientific safety review as well, along with its partners in other West Coast states. Sharma said with the Pfizer vaccine, a recipient's immune system generates some protection after the first dose, with maximum immunity in place seven days after the second dose.

Kindrachuk explained that a person's immune system will determine when the vaccine kicks in.

Vail Health CEO Will Cook said once all health care providers and nursing home residents and workers who want the vaccine have received it, the hospital will try to get it out to "front-line" workers who interact with people.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the top public health expert in the USA, said on Tuesday that he would like to see Joe Biden and Kamala Harris be vaccinated as soon as possible. "We are well-prepared and expect as smooth a process as possible". The first inoculations of the approved Pfizer Inc. "We encourage everyone to continue to practice the public health measures (hand washing, masking, social distancing) to help reduce the spread of the virus".

Ontario, Canada's most populous province, is reporting a new single-day record of 2,275 new cases including 711 in Toronto. To date, 265 people have died from COVID in the state.

The New York Times, citing unnamed sources, reported that the FDA decision on Moderna's vaccine would be on Friday.

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The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 300,000 people in the USA and the government is counting on the Moderna shot to help fulfill its promise to inoculate 20 million this month.

"It does look promising and it does look positive", said Sharma.

"The light is shining, now we can actually see it", she said. An internal survey conducted by St. Charles indicates that over 90% of medical staff would elect to receive the vaccine when available.

Both Moderna's and Pfizer-BioNTech's shots are so-called mRNA vaccines.

"We think "I got vaccinated" could be the new "I voted" - at least until the pandemic is over - and we're exploring the ideas as one of many ways to encourage others to get vaccinated", a CVS spokesperson told the news outlet.

And most Americans agree that that's appropriate with 44 percent saying people like them are "medium" priority and 36 percent said they are "low" priority for vaccination against COVID-19, according to the new Ipsos poll. While it can not legally require people to get the vaccine, St. Charles will encourage all staff to do so.