Signs we have passed the peak of the third wave

Covid-19 vaccine in box

In Canada, it is reported that more than 50% of the eligible population has received their 1st dose of the vaccine with signs that the country has finally has reached the downside of the third wave.

There's also been a decline in severe illness, with an average of fewer than 4,000 COVID-19 patients being treated in hospital each day, she said.

Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand said Canada can expect to receive 4.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna ahead of Victoria Day weekend.

The agency says once 75% of Canadians have had a single dose and 20% are fully vaccinated, some restrictions can be relaxed to allow small, outdoor gatherings with family and friends, camping, and picnics.

If 75% of those eligible for vaccination have at least one dose and twenty per cent have both, then restrictions start to lift potentially based on local numbers. "We are beginning to move to a framework of protecting foetuses through vaccination, rather than from vaccination", Miller said. Those shots likely will be earmarked for people who already have had a first dose of this product, Tam said. "It helps provide that guideline for Canadians as they undergo their own community's journey with vaccination".

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While vaccine deliveries are expected to ramp up in the coming weeks and months, experts caution that vaccination levels are unlikely to continue at their present pace owing to the fact those eager to get their jabs have already done so.

Canada on Friday said there would be a gradual return to a world with indoor sports and family gatherings as more people get vaccinated, but it did not go as far as the United States in telling people they could eventually ditch their masks.

Meanwhile, health officials in Nunavut scolded scofflaws in Iqaluit on Friday, warning that unauthorized gatherings could quash the city's hopes for summer.

Saskatchewan reported 227 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths.

In a statement today, the former minister said that with Malaysia's "skyrocketing" Covid-19 infection rates, many pregnant women were looking for confirmation if the AstraZeneca vaccine - which is now available through limited registrations in the Klang Valley - is safe for them. The first-of-its-kind study, published on Tuesday in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, adds to the growing literature that Covid-19 vaccines are safe in pregnancy.

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