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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2020/11/18

Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Wednesday. cbc.ca, Nov 18: Nunavut locking down as caseload hits 60, Saskatchewan expands mask requirements. Manitoba's top doctor slams social media misinformation after hospital staff confronted in videos. Rising COVID-19 cases spark talk of widespread school closures, extending holiday break. Nova Scotia's top doctor warned of community spread of COVID-19, saying there are seven cases in the province "where we can't identify a source that is directly related to travel." Read more

Canadian military prepares to help with COVID-19 vaccine distribution. ctvnews.ca, Nov 16: As positive news about potential vaccines continues to make headlines, there are already military teams “fully integrated” with the Public Health Agency of Canada on planning for what’s set to be a herculean effort: getting vaccines into the arms of millions of Canadians once Health Canada approves them. Read more

'We will prevail': Nunavut begins two-week territory-wide lockdown. ctvnews.ca, Nov 18: After the number of new cases of COVID-19 more than doubled overnight, the territory is shutting down for two weeks in an attempt to limit the spread of the disease. On Tuesday, the territorial government announced 34 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 60. Nunavut had been coronavirus-free until Nov. 6, when the territory’s first case was announced. Read more

COVID-19 in Indigenous communities: active cases on-reserve surpass 1,000. cbc.ca, Nov 18: There are 1,125 active cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves across Canada, as the number of new and active cases continues to surge. As of Nov. 16, a total of 547 new cases were reported in the last week, according to data from Indigenous Services Canada. The majority occurred in Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Read more

Vast majority of travellers entering Canada allowed to skip 14-day quarantine. cbc.ca, Nov 18: More than five million arrivals into Canada have been allowed to skip the 14-day quarantine requirement put in place when the country closed its borders to non-essential travel in late March, the Canada Border Services Agency estimates. Read more

Canadians are more worried about COVID-19 than the soaring national debt, Environics survey finds. thestar.com, Nov 18: Canadians don’t want less government spending — they want more. At least, that’s how Andrew Parkin, executive director at the Environics Institute, reads his organization’s latest survey results. “I read in this survey more public concern about governments not doing enough than concerns about governments getting overextended,” Parkin said. Read more

Half of Canadian hotels near closing due to COVID-19, says industry leader. thestar.com, Nov 18: Half of Canada’s 8,000-plus hotels could go out of business soon without help, and an industry group’s leader warns that would devastate the country’s most vulnerable workers. Speaking at the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s virtual summit, sponsored by the Toronto Star, Hotel Association of Canada president and CEO Susie Grynol said federal programs have helped hoteliers cope with COVID-19 but that a good deal more is needed. Read more

Rapid testing identifies 70 per cent of COVID-19 positive passengers within 48 hours of arriving at airport: study. ctvnews.ca, Nov 17: The interim results from a Canadian border study has found that 70 per cent of international travellers arriving by airplane who have COVID-19 can be identified within 48 hours through rapid testing done the moment they arrive. A very small percentage of travellers only tested positive for COVID-19 a full 14 days after arriving, with just under 30 per cent testing positive after seven days. Read more

Lacking clarity on scope of study into feds' pandemic response, Pfizer concerned about implications for COVID-19 program. ctvnews.ca, Nov 16: Pfizer says it has yet to receive any guidance or clarity from the Canadian government regarding the scope of a House of Commons Health Committee study on Ottawa’s response to the pandemic, which the drug manufacturer says could have “unintended consequences” on its COVID-19 vaccine program. Read more

Growing number of Canadians plan to get vaccinated for COVID-19. nationalpost.com, Nov 17: New poll suggests the proportion of Canadians planning to get vaccinated for COVID-19 is on the rise after encouraging initial results from Pfizer’s vaccine trial. Read more

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Hamilton’s St. Joseph’s Hospital. globalnews.ca, Nov 16: St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in a unit at its Charlton campus. St. Joe’s says three health care workers on the CTU Central unit have tested positive for COVID-19 and three additional health care workers from the unit have also tested positive, but acquired the virus in the community. Read more

Opinion: Why federal government should reject human challenge trials for COVID‑19 vaccine. cbc.ca, Nov 17: Although the relevant data have not yet been released for public review, there is reason to be hopeful that safe and effective vaccines are well on their way. But for some, vaccine development isn't happening fast enough. Read more

'It's time for the hammer' to get second wave under control: Dr. Sharkawy. ctvnews.ca, Nov 15: After a week of record-high case counts in several provinces and a series of regionally-specific adjustments to public health restrictions, CTV Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Abdu Sharkawy thinks the time has come for a uniform national approach to get the second wave of COVID-19 under control. Read more

Millions of rapid COVID-19 tests have arrived in Canada, but many jurisdictions are slow to roll them out. cbc.ca, Nov 14: Most jurisdictions still not certain whether they can fully trust the results. Read more

Pfizer to seek COVID-19 vaccine approval after reporting 95% effectiveness. citynews.ca, Nov 18: Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says it now has enough data on its COVID-19 vaccine candidate to ask U.S. federal regulators for emergency use approval. Pfizer says new data suggests its vaccine is 95 per cent effective against the virus, and that its shot protects older people most at risk of dying from COVID-19. Read more

Pfizer will seek regulatory review ‘within days’ for its vaccine. washingtonpost.com, Nov 18: The coronavirus vaccine being developed by Pfizer and German biotechnology firm BioNTech is 95 percent effective at preventing disease, and an application for emergency authorization will be submitted “within days,” according to a news release from the companies. Read more

Moderna says its coronavirus vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective. cbc.ca, Nov 16: For the second time this month, there's promising news about a COVID-19 vaccine candidate: Moderna said Monday its shots provide strong protection, a dash of hope against the grim backdrop of coronavirus surges in the United States and around the world. The vaccine is among those Canada has preordered for its population. Read more

Vaccine delivery presents challenges, but there is wriggle room. vancouversun.com, Nov 15: The Pfizer vaccine needs to be stored at -70°C and so presents some challenges, but there is more wriggle room in the supply chain than you might imagine. … Creating a new vaccine in months instead of years means that manufacturers haven’t had time to figure out whether their vaccine molecules will degrade quickly at warmer temperatures. Read more

World's top intensive care body advises against remdesivir for sickest COVID-19 patients. ctvnews.ca, Nov 15: Remdesivir, also known as Veklury, and steroid dexamethasone are the only drugs authorised to treat COVID-19 patients across the world. But the largest study on remdesivir's efficacy, run by the World Health Organization (WHO), showed on Oct. 15 it had little or no impact, contradicting previous trials. Read more

As pharmaceutical execs sell shares worth millions, questions arise. ctvnews.ca, Nov 15: Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax: executives at several American laboratories developing COVID-19 vaccines have recently pocketed millions of dollars by selling shares in their companies -- raising questions about the propriety of such a move in the midst of a global health crisis. Read more

Global study adds to evidence on safe surgery during COVID-19 pandemic. news.western.ca, Nov 13: A new global study provides further evidence about how to continue with safe surgery during the pandemic, and has also led to the launch of a dedicated toolkit to guide hospitals in keeping elective surgery up and running safely. The study, published in the British Journal of Surgery, shows routine testing patients for COVID-19 before major surgery could reduce the risk of respiratory complications and save lives.  Read more

In Memoriam: Dr. Wesley Dunn, founding dean of Dentistry. news.westernu.ca, Nov 18: Western University is mourning the passing of Dr. Wesley John Dunn, founding dean of Dentistry and a pillar of organized dentistry in Canada. Read more

Dr. James Richardson appointed new President of the NDEB. ndeb-bned.ca, Nov 16: On October 24, 2020, Dr. James (Jim) Richardson was appointed President of the NDEB. Read more

Remembrance Day: Recognizing our History. mcgill.ca, Nov 11: The first Canadian dentists to go overseas in the first World War were with a unit called No. 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill), which was organized entirely within McGill University in early 1915. Read more

Amherst to vote against fluoride proposal. Saltwire.com, Nov 18: It appears as though Amherst is going to follow the wishes of its voters and keep fluoride out of the town’s water supply. When voters cast ballots electronically in October’s municipal election they were asked if they wanted Amherst to add fluoride to its municipal water system. The plebiscite was non-binding, but the result was a strong no with 2,296 ballots against adding fluoride and 1,480 voting yes. Read more

Flu cases in Canada 'exceptionally low' so far, public health says. cbc.ca, Nov 17: Results lessen concern about 'twindemic.' At this point in last year's flu season, Canada had already recorded 711 positive cases of influenza. So far this year, there have been just 17. Read more

Companies could face hefty fines under new Canadian privacy law. cbc.ca, Nov 17: Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains introduced Digital Charter Implementation Act today. ... If the bill passes, companies would face fines of up to five per cent of revenue or $25 million — whichever is greater — for the most serious offences. Bains said the legislation provides for the heaviest fines among the G7 nations' privacy laws. Read more

Calgary Dental HR Firm Enters Agreement with Global Dental Supplier to Provide HR Management Services. financialpost.com, Nov 16: With businesses everywhere struggling to keep their doors open, one small firm has big reasons to celebrate. Stream Dental Staffing Solutions Ltd., aka Stream Dental HR and Henry Schein Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Henry Schein, Inc., (Nasdaq: HSIC), the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental and medical practitioners, have entered into an agreement for Stream Dental HR to be Henry Schein’s provider of strategic Human Resources (HR) management services. Read more

Don’t ignore Canada’s second health-care crisis. thepeterboroughexaminer.com, Nov 16 [EDITORIAL]: There are two public health crises confronting Canada today. But the country has fully mobilized against only one. That, of course, is COVID-19. … Yet while this health-care battle has been waged in full view of us all, another enemy has largely slipped under the public’s radar: opioids. Read more

Pandemic aggravates opioid crisis as overdoses rise and services fall out of reach. ctvnews.ca, Nov 15: The COVID-19 crisis has overshadowed an equally dark pandemic of opioid overdoses, which have risen sharply since March as the border closure and limited access to services raise fatal risks for drug users. Read more

Exclusive: Drugmakers offer Canada C$1 billion to scrap some pending pricing rules. reuters.com, Nov 15: The pharmaceutical industry has made a last-ditch C$1 billion ($761 million) proposal to the Canadian government in hopes of fending off parts of a drug pricing crackdown set to go into effect on Jan. 1. The remaining regulations would still reduce drugmakers’ revenue by at least C$19.8 billion ($15.1 billion) over 10 years. Read more

N.B. Public Health reports ‘adverse events’ following three flu shots. globalnews.ca, Nov 16: Public Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting “adverse events” in three people who received a specific batch of influenza vaccine. ... Officials say neurologic symptoms, which included sustained numbness or weakness of the face or limbs, occurred within seven days of receiving the vaccine. Read more

Pharmacy grads in limbo after certification exam postponed again. cbc.ca, Nov 12: Ontario Pharmacists Association asking province to grant conditional licences so grads can start working. Read more

Study Reviews Trends in European Youth Cannabis and Substance Use. culturemagazine.com, Nov 18: A recent study reviewed the substance use habits of Europeans and found that teenagers are drinking and smoking tobacco less, but consuming cannabis more. Read more

The overwhelming influence of false dental plan endorsements. dentaleconomics.com, Nov 13: Dentists rank as some of the most trusted professionals in the US, but many insurance companies are using that trust to sell more dental plans. Providers should investigate whether companies are using a false endorsement to enroll clients. Read more

ADA, others ask FDA to ban menthol-flavored tobacco products. ada.org, Nov 10: The ADA, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and more than 60 organizations are asking the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes. Read more

Amazon opens online pharmacy in U.S., shaking up another industry. bnnbloomberg.ca, Nov 17: …Amazon said it will offer commonly prescribed medications starting Tuesday, including creams, pills, as well as medications that need to stay cold, like insulin. ...Amazon’s media relations team was not immediately available for comment on whether there’s any plan to expand the service into Canada. Read more

Coronavirus crippling fight against other pandemic: tuberculosis. ctvnews.ca, Nov 16: The global community is missing the chance to end the "modern tragedy" of tuberculosis, the biggest infectious killer, experts said Monday, warning how Earth's other pandemic will worsen during COVID-19. The fight against tuberculosis is chronically underfunded, with diagnosis and treatment failing to reach millions. Read more

Alcohol consumption before bedtime can impact quality of sleep. news-medical.news.net, Nov 17: Think twice before drinking that holiday nightcap. Sure, that late-night cocktail or final glass of wine or beer before bed may help you feel sleepy, but it won't guarantee a good night's rest. According to a recent survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a vast 68% of Americans have lost sleep due to drinking alcohol past bedtime, including one in five U.S. adults who have often lost sleep due to alcohol consumption. Read more

Anchorage Assembly moves to include vaping, e-cigarette products in tobacco tax. alaskapublic.com, Nov 12: The Anchorage Assembly last week passed an ordinance to include vaping and electronic cigarette products under the city’s existing tobacco tax. This means tobacco vaping devices and e-cigarettes, as well as the liquids and cartridges that are used with the devices will be taxed at 55 percent of the wholesale price. Read more

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