Ontario clarifies AstraZeneca advice as Waterloo leads in new COVID-19 cases

Pfizer, Moderna vaccines now preferred second dose for AstraZeneca recipients: NACI

The recommendation is also a result of "emerging evidence of a potentially better immune response from this mixed vaccine schedule" said NACI.

Lawyers for the European Commission said that they won on "principle", while AstraZeneca highlighted that the court had dismissed E.U. demands over deliveries and acknowledged difficulties the company faced in an "unprecedented situation".

British Columbians who chose to get a first dose of AstraZeneca should not get it for their second dose and instead get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, a key federal advisory committee said Thursday.

According to NACI, the advice considers the most recent evidence on rare instances of blood clots associated with AstraZeneca - but also the huge increase of mRNA vaccine supply arriving in Canada.

The Ontario Pharmacists Association said the situation had many of its members anxious their remaining stock of AstraZeneca could end up going to waste, despite the province maintaining that residents could still opt for that vaccine if desired.

Ontario is still offering residents who took a first dose of AstaZeneca the option of receiving a second dose of the same vaccine.

One of those studies from Germany's Saarland University, published early data Wednesday saying giving Pfizer as the second dose after AstraZeneca, or two doses of Pfizer only, generated far more antibodies and T cells as two doses of AstraZeneca.

"The bottom line is those three vaccines are safe and extremely effective", Masri said.

A Belgian court ruled Friday that coronavirus vaccine-maker AstraZeneca had committed a "serious breach" of its contract with the European Union amid a major legal battle over delivery obligations that has tarnished the company's image.

The drugmaker AstraZeneca must deliver 80 million coronavirus vaccine doses to the European Union by September 27 or else pay a fine, a Belgian court ruled Friday.

Dr. Tam stressed that NACI's guidance has evolved with emerging evidence, while recognizing that it can be hard to understand and catch up to the changes being made.

We would expect the number of people that are fully vaccinated with Sinopharm to be higher than with AstraZeneca eventually. He said those who are skeptical about vaccines should talk to their family doctor, or family and friends who have gotten theirs.

There were 352 patients in intensive care due to COVID-19 including 16 patient transfers from Manitoba.

"It's really important for people to understand that those who are spreading fear and misinformation will not be at the bedside if you are sick".

Masri said there was one patient in the ICU who ended up dying from COVID-19 who had expressed their regret about not getting vaccinated.

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