- Let’s hope the antidote works!
What the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rightly named the biggest vaccination campaign in the history of Canada started precisely on December 14th.
Hoping that the clinical data received which show a 95% efficacy of the vaccine is true and hoping that the new variants will be covered too, we are all hoping to resume some normalcy soon and get our lives and jobs back to normal.
I call it the antidote, not the vaccine. As it would save the world from this nightmare/evil spell we have fallen into.
The Prime Minister Trudeau faced harsh criticism from his parliamentary opposition for the delays of the vaccinations but he answered that what counted was not the starting line but the finish line promising that the majority of Canadians would be immune to the virus by September 2021 and he accelerated the vaccination campaign shortly after the critics.
They will be distributed in the thirteen Canadian provinces, in proportion to their population.
It is then up to the provincial authorities to ensure their administration, by establishing an order of priority of course.
Quebec and Ontario received the first doses because they are the two provinces most affected by the epidemic and they began to vaccinate the elderly living in long-term care facilities, those who have paid the heaviest toll on the virus since the start of the pandemic. As the production and delivery rate of the vaccine accelerates, health network workers and those deemed to be most vulnerable will follow.
But the conditions required to maintain the stability of Pfizer's vaccine complicate its distribution throughout Canada, the second largest country in the world because the transport of the vaccine needs to maintain a temperature of -70°C and that makes access to this vaccine difficult in the most remote areas of this country.
As I have just written above, Canadians can take turns to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and the preferred vaccine by our government was the Pfizer vaccine, the first to receive approval from the Canadian health authorities, and that is the one that arrived in Toronto and Montreal in December and at the beginning of January also in Ottawa and other provinces.
The elderly and their caregivers have obviously priority and so do medical personnel working in hospitals, disabled people and people with several pathologies who may be at serious risk if contracting the virus.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) expects to receive about six million doses by the end of March they announced publicly on television and they expect tens of million more doses to arrive during the spring. According to the vice president of the logistics and operations of the PHAC, the Major General Mister Dany Fortin, the country is on track to meet its goal of vaccinating all those who wish to be vaccinated by the end of September.
Those who wish to be vaccinated because the vaccine for now does not seem to be mandatory and it seems it could not be for legal reasons but I have doubts about it because it seems that it will be required and requested to do many things, first and foremost traveling by airplane.
Speaking of flying, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hast just announced last Saturday, January 30th, a drastic tightening of entry and exit measures to the country and this includes a bill that says that all flights to the Caribbean and Mexico are now suspended until April 30th. Travelers entering the Canadian territory from these regions (hence returning Canadian citizens or residents only) will be required to undergo a Covid-19 swab and remain in quarantine in a hotel, at their own expenses, pending the outcome of the swab.