Feds offer roadmap to provinces for easing COVID-19 restrictions

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Dr. Theresa Tam is touting "great strides" in the fact almost 50 per cent of adults have at least one vaccine dose.

Yeo, who reportedly is herself 17-weeks pregnant, said when she received her vaccine during the first phase of Malaysia's National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, she had to do her own research as to whether the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that she was assigned was safe for her.

Dr. Theresa Tam said that extra layer of protection will allow some of the more stringent social distancing measures to be relaxed - but Canadians must continue to avoid indoor gatherings altogether until more people are fully vaccinated.

The upbeat tone at the federal level was discordant with grim forecasts out of Manitoba, where a top health official predicted Friday that COVID-19 numbers would worsen for at least another week before dropping.

Ontario had 1,632 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including 776 in intensive care.

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Health Minister Patty Hajdu announced Friday that the federal government's roadmap sees 75% of Canadians receive one vaccine dose and 20% receiving two doses by the summer for restrictions to ease "based on public health situations in your area". Tam said that first immunization target is "within sight".

". Many pregnant women are now considering signing up for AstraZeneca when the next batch arrives instead of waiting for their turn in Phase 3 of vaccination roll-out". "We are beginning to move to a framework of protecting foetuses through vaccination, rather than from vaccination", Miller said.

This could mean a full return to in-person learning for colleges and universities as well as indoor sports and more family gatherings.

Anand says Pfizer is moving up its scheduled shipments ahead of the Victoria Day weekend, reassuring Canadians that the country is among the global leaders in its vaccination effort.

"We have more of what I'd call a collective or community approach", Dr. Howard Njoo, deputy chief public health officer, told a briefing in Ottawa on Thursday.

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Premier Doug Ford said Thursday that public health measures have been effective in driving down cases, but need to be continued for now.

Saskatchewan has reported its first vaccine-related blood clot in a 60-year-old woman who received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Yesterday, Yeo had called on the government to collect more data on Covid-19 vaccines in relation to pregnancies, saying that the availability of such information deferred from one vaccine to another.

Covid-19 vaccination has been questioned for pregnant women with a fear that the vaccination may impact placenta, an essential organ when it comes to pregnancy.

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