Vaccines vs. variants: Modelling shows spread of COVID-19 unraveling Canada’s progress

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"We are closing in on 10 million doses administered in Texas, and we want to keep up the momentum as the vaccine supply increases", said Imelda Garcia, DSHS associate commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services and the chair of the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel.

Australia is considering diverting COVID-19 inoculations from its vaccination programme to Papua New Guinea where the coronavirus is threatening to unleash a humanitarian disaster, a government source said. -Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander who is overseeing the country's vaccine program logistics.

Moderna informed Canadian officials that the delay was due to a "backlog in its quality assurance process", Anita Anand said, adding that the company assured the remaining doses will be shipped no later than Thursday next week.

"The primary analysis is consistent with our previously released interim analysis and confirms that our COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective in adults, including those aged 65 years and over", Mene Pangalos, executive vice president of AstraZeneca's BioPharmaceuticals R&D, said.

"All of the doses have been manufactured and are authorized for shipment to Canada", she said.

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.

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Media reports Wednesday said India has halted exports of Covishield, the version of AstraZeneca produced at that country's Serum Institute. "They're relying on us, the rest of us, to get vaccinated to protect them as well".

County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel said "all systems are go" for the county to move from the red "substantial" tier to the less restrictive orange "moderate" tier of the state's Covid-19 reopening plan on March 31.

Following the modelling presentation, Health Minister Patty Hajdu pointed to the $53 million being spent on a national "variants of concern strategy" that includes funding for research into the variants, surveillance of their spread, and sequencing of the virus.

Tam says that indicates we're in a "very tight race" between vaccines and variants of concern, which make up an increasingly high proportion of new cases in several provinces. There are roughly 3,000 new cases being reported each day nationwide, up from about 2,000 a month ago.

Long-term care residents in British Columbia will soon be allowed more than one visitor and will be able to give their loved ones a hug after more than a year of strict restrictions.

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