COVID-19 becomes endemic, says Canada’s Supreme Public Health Commissioner

Canada’s Supreme Public Health Officer told Parliamentary Commission Tuesday that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to become an endemic virus.

“Many experts believe that the virus is constantly evolving and so-called herd immunity may not be achieved, so what you are seeing is that people are looking at time as their immunity weakens. This is an endemic condition that re-infects with, “Dr. Teresa Tam said at a meeting of the Health Committee of the Commonwealth House.

“It’s also determined by the emergence of mutants that can invade the immune system, so I think the reality is more like an endemic virus,” she said.

Tam said there is a “global consensus” that Omicron causes less severe illnesses than its predecessor, the Delta variant, but due to the high prevalence of Omicron, infections with severe consequences. He added that a small number of cases of the disease can also have a significant impact on the population.

Tam told opposition lawmakers that other senior health officials, including Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Deputy Health Minister Steven Lucas, attended the House Health Commission meeting and did not support the public health system. It was grilled.

Nova Scotia’s Conservative lawmaker Stephen Ellis accused the Free Government of “leadership failure” and lack of preparation for COVID-19, citing data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development before the pandemic. 91.6% of Canada’s acute care beds were occupied, with only Israel and Ireland having worse rates.

When Ellis repeatedly asked how many of the 7,500 new doctors the free government had promised to hire before the 2021 federal election were added to the workforce, the Minister of Health did not respond directly.

Duclos instead repeated what the government provided $ 63 billion For the medical system during a pandemic.

This is the first appearance of Duclos on the Health Committee of the House of Commons since taking up federal status in the fall of 2021.

Conservative Rep. Luc Berthold also accused Ottawa of lagging behind in providing rapid inspections during the Omicron wave, and Duclos said the government would have 140 million rapid inspections by the end of January. He said he plans to provide it to the state.

“When this wave started, why wasn’t the government ready when Canadians really needed it?” Barthold asked.

“We have experienced some very difficult months, the normalization of the blockage, and for the federal government it has become a tool to tackle the pandemic challenges that hurt people.”

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.