COVID-19 policy, vaccine passports need to be “retested” to return to normal, Tam says


Dr. Teresatam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Director, said the virus lasts for months or years and requires a “review” of all COVID-19 policies, including state vaccine passports.

“All we have to do to get out of the wave of Omicron is to recognize that this virus will not go away and we need to be able to cope with the continued presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. A more sustainable way, “Tam virtually said. Press conference February 4th.

Tam commented, acknowledging that the virus will change into different variants and morphologies with varying degrees of risk in the future.

“Some of them are actually very serious or destructive, and we need to be prepared for them. But while fighting this virus, we always have a longer lasting time so that we don’t get into a crisis. We need a targeted approach and capacity building, “she said.

According to Tam, the Public Health Agency of Canada has already begun discussions with state and territory-level counterparts to determine possible future paths. They consider the existing “set of measures” that have affected people’s daily lives over the last two years.

“Of course, vaccine obligations are primarily related to state jurisdiction, and I think these measures should be evaluated in the future,” she said.

But the challenge for the state is to find the right balance between containing the virus and returning to normal sensations, Tam said.

“I think it was very difficult to achieve that balance before vaccination, further treatment, and of course, the immunity given by Omicron,” she said.

“I’m optimistic that it will be easier to achieve a better balance.”

Some states have indicated their intention to abolish some, if not all, of the remaining COVID-19 health restrictions.

On February 3, Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney announced a phased plan for the government to set a “fixed date” to end the state’s vaccine passport next week and lift almost all COVID restrictions by the end of the month. Announced. Pressure on hospitals continues to diminish.

Premier of Saskatchewan Scott Moe said on February 2 that he has promised to end all COVID-19 restrictions that violate people’s rights and freedoms soon.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kieran Moore, a medical officer in Ontario, said Press conference On February 3, the current COVID-19 vaccine “does not provide sterile immunity” against the Omicron variant made against Delta, so the state will “in the coming weeks and months” of the vaccine certificate. We plan to reassess the value.

Canadian Press contributed to this report.

Isaac Theo

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Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.