Canada expected to receive first AstraZeneca doses on Wednesday

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French Health Minister Olivier Veran said Monday that people over 65 with existing health conditions could receive the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine.

"We will continue to work every single day to bring in more doses for more Canadians", the prime minister said at a briefing Wednesday. "So that's exactly what we're going to do".

But a senior British health official told the news conference that a second dose is necessary to increase the vaccine's efficacy and lasting immunity. Ontario has said it is weighing a similar move but seeking advice from the federal government.

According to Veran, anybody aged 50 or over who is affected by co-morbidities can get the AstraZeneca vaccine, including those between 65 and 74.

There are no concerns that the vaccine is not safe for use.

Tam said the decision made by NACI is not final and says the committee will be updating its recommendations based on real-world and clinical data as it becomes available.

"This isn't the time to pull back on support for workers or business owners", Trudeau said.

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Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said the maximum wage subsidy rate would remain at 75%, and the maximum rent subsidy will be 65%.

In addition to the AstraZeneca vaccine, Canada has also approved vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

Dr Jeong noted that there were no cases of fatalities from receiving Covid-19 vaccines developed by AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech.

The health authorities also say there's evidence for an 83 percent reduction in coronavirus deaths with the Pfizer vaccine. By Tuesday, 85,904 people had received first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,524 had been given Pfizer shots, KDCA said in a statement.

The KDCA said that out of the people who had received the coronavirus vaccines, 207 had adverse reactions, including three cases of severe allergic reactions, known as anaphylaxis.

The vaccine-related funding will be directed to the researchers from the Universite Laval-affiliated hospitals in Quebec City. "Today, there are 800,000 fewer Canadians working than at the beginning of the pandemic".

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