Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday dismissed an advisory panel of doctors' ranking of Covid vaccines according to safety, saying Canadians should take whichever jab is offered to them first.
He said he's also anxious that this will make Canadians who already got AstraZeneca afraid to get their second dose.
Emberley says he got the AstraZeneca vaccine himself three weeks ago and has no regrets. While Canada was receiving just over a million doses each week in April, the supply will be doubling, with Canada receiving more than two million doses a week until the beginning of July, which will give the government a boost in reaching its goal of having all adults vaccinated by the end of September.
More than 33 per cent of the Canadian population has now had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The AstraZeneca vaccine was first distributed in Canada in March, and as of last week, approximately 2.3 million doses have been distributed across the country.
The Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines have been linked to a new and extremely rare blood-clotting syndrome.
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The Alberta case, of a woman in her 50s, marks the second case of blood clots, and the only death after more than 253,000 doses of AstraZeneca were administered in the province, Alberta's chief medical officer of health Dr Deena Hinshaw said in a statement on Tuesday.
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"While any death is tragic, it is important to remember that the risks of dying or suffering other severe outcomes from COVID-19 remain far greater than the risk following AstraZeneca vaccine", says Hinshaw. It is Alberta's second case of VITT and the first death related to the condition.
Health Canada authorized the Pfizer vaccine on December 9, 2020, making it the first vaccine that was approved in Canada to prevent COVID-19.
But she said it would be a very different risk-benefit analysis for someone working in a manufacturing plant without personal protective equipment in a province where COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire.