Ontario is aware of vaccine supply issues and Ottawa continues to bring AstraZeneca to market

Ontario delayed shipments on Wednesday as Ottawa promised to continue sending Oxford-AstraZeneca shots following a safety review that confirmed that the benefits of the product far outweighed the rare risks. He blamed vaccine shortages in some areas.

Some vaccination clinics in Ontario have been forced to close doors or cancel reservations after Prime Minister Doug Ford said the shipment of Modernashot was delayed three times.

“We were expecting shipments to come, but unfortunately we didn’t get them,” Ford said. “… If you don’t know the flow of products coming from the production line, you can’t plan properly.”

The Scarborough Health Network in Toronto closed two vaccination clinics on Wednesday. It vaccinated locals over the age of 50, all indigenous adults and health care workers. He said he plans to reopen the clinic when new shipments of vaccines arrive on Monday.

Meanwhile, Toronto’s University Health Network has suspended reservation registrations for residents aged 18 and over who are eligible to be vaccinated based on certain hotspot zip codes, with more than 21,000 registered for shots. Said.

Two other Toronto hospitals (North York General Hospital and Michael Garon Hospital) also said they were temporarily closing their clinics due to supply problems.

To date, Ontario has received a total of 4,506,495 COVID-19 vaccines, 3,310,157 doses, or 73.45 percent of the supply.

Toronto officials claimed that the city did not stockpile the vaccine and said that only those scheduled for administration were sitting in the freezer.

“Basically what we have here is a supply issue,” said Dr. Irene de Villa, a city health officer. “We are all suffering as a result of the delayed arrival of the vaccine.”

Public health officials said that the city-run mass vaccination clinics distribute vaccines by the city (mainly Pfizer-BioNTech Shot), so the hospital network gets products (mainly moderna) directly from the state. He said he did not have the same supply problem. ..

Meanwhile, the federal government said Wednesday that it would continue to provide Oxford-AstraZeneca shots after reviewing safety data.

Authorities said the benefits of Shot far outweighed the risks posed by the new and very rare blood clotting conditions that may be associated with the product.

Canada reported the first case of blood clots in a patient vaccinated with AstraZeneca on Tuesday.

The National Advisory Board on Immunization reviews the latest information and decides whether the recommendation not to use the vaccine for people under the age of 55 should be changed.

Infectious variants of COVID-19 add urgency to the deployment of vaccines, and many states control large-scale outbreaks.

Ontario recorded 4,156 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with an additional 28 deaths associated with the virus. This figure pushed the state’s seven-day moving average to just over 4,000 daily.

The pandemic also continues to put immense pressure on Ontario hospitals, with state health ministers saying there are 642 COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit.

The Quebec hospital system is also tense due to the new coronavirus, with 660 COVID-19 patients admitted. Of those, 152 are in the intensive care unit, said Health Minister Christian Duvet.

Pressure on the system forced some hospitals to postpone medical treatment, he said. That makes it even more important for people to follow public health measures, Dube said.

Quebec counted 1,559 new cases of COVID-19 and seven more deaths on Wednesday.

Manitoba, which reported 86 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths, expanded its vaccine eligibility on Wednesday, reducing the minimum age of First Nations people to 1 year 39 years and others 59 years. I did.

Saskatchewan recorded 193 new cases of COVID-19 and another death on Wednesday. The state said 203 people were hospitalized for the virus, including 41 in the intensive care unit.

Further east, New Brunswick added 16 new cases of COVID-19. It occurred primarily in the Edmundston region, which was hit hard last weekend by a complete blockade. Currently, there are 141 cases of viral activity in the state, the most common on the Atlantic coast of Canada.

Newfoundland and Labrador have recorded three more cases of the virus, all of which are travel-related, the state says.

Nova Scotia reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with a total of 42 active cases.

In the north, the Yukon Territory has diagnosed a new case of COVID-19. This is the second time this week and the 76th time since the pandemic began.

The territory confirmed the first case of a COVID-19 variant of concern that first appeared in Brazil on Wednesday.

The arrival of the P.1 variant in the Yukon Territory is of particular concern, as there is little information about how the strain reacts to the Moderna vaccine, which is given to about 70% of the Yukon Territory’s population.

“We still can’t rely solely on vaccination,” said Dr. Brendan Hanley.

Nicole Thompson