Alberta reports first death from AstraZeneca vaccine, second in Canada

Trudeau tells Canadians not to pick and choose vaccines

Ottawa has not said when it will release the 300-thousand doses of the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine that arrived last week.

A medical worker prepares a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, on March 18, 2021.

It says: "NACI continues to preferentially recommend authorized mRNA COVID-19 vaccines due to the excellent protection they provide and the absence of safety signals of concern".

"Now that supply and eligibility have expanded, it's even more important for us to reach underserved and vulnerable populations to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine", said Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president for Health & Wellness at Walmart.

While the first dose may not be full-proof, some new data from the Public Health Agency of Canada provided to the Globe and Mail, reportedly proves getting more shots in more arms as quickly as possible has its benefits. Of the 1.7 million people who did receive it as of April 24, only a few thousand got their second dose so far.

The Canadian Pharmacists Association says advice from a national panel on vaccines is unhelpful and likely to make it harder to get enough people in the country vaccinated to end the pandemic.

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He states he disagrees with the assessment and worries it will worsen vaccine hesitancy.

Conservative MPs said the government needs to fix the communications disaster NACI has become.

The later two vaccines have been linked to extremely rare blood-clots that have only been reported in 7 Canadians compared to the 1.7 million doses administered in the country.

Hinshaw said the global frequency of VITT is estimated to be at approximately one case in 100,000 to 250,000 doses. "NACI notes that Canada has procured and is expecting enough mRNA vaccines to fully vaccinate the now eligible Canadian population before fall 2021". It is Alberta's second case of VITT and the first death related to the condition.

Canada's first shipment of 300,000 doses of J&J's vaccine are on hold pending a quality control check.

But there is no immediate word on progress in talks with the USA over the provision of more doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which is in high demand across Canada.

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