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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2021/04/28

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Wednesday. cbc.ca, Arp 28: Vaccine envy: Why can't Canada make COVID-19 doses at home? Ontario largely ignored long-term care as COVID-19 crisis began, internal documents reveal. People line up for hours to get AstraZeneca vaccine as B.C. drops age eligibility to 30. All N.S. schools, non-essential stores to close for 2 weeks as entire province locks down. Read more

Rapid tests, drugs, and contact tracing support from federal government going unused by provinces. nationalpost.com, Apr 28: According to the federal government's numbers, it has shipped more than 41 million rapid tests to the provinces, but just 1.7 million tests have actually been used. Read more

Millions of rapid COVID-19 tests unused across Canada. cbc.ca, Apr 27: The federal government has published data showing only four per cent of rapid tests supplied to the provinces and territories have been used. Watch 2:02

Canada still counting on U.S. to share its AstraZeneca stockpile, Trudeau says. ctvnews.ca, Apr 27: Canada is still counting on the United States to share its COVID-19 vaccine surplus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday -- even as pressure mounts on the White House to help ease a spiralling pandemic crisis in India. Read more

Quebec reports first death due to blood clot after AstraZeneca vaccine. globalnews.ca, Apr 27: The woman's death is the first in Canada linked to a vaccine, but health officials stress that blood clots following vaccination are extremely rare. Read more

How the spread of COVID-19 misinformation is undermining trust in public health. cbc.ca, Apr 28: 96% of Canadians say they've seen false or misleading COVID-19 info online: StatsCan. Read more

What Johnson & Johnson's 1-shot vaccine could mean for Ontario's most vulnerable. cbc.ca, Apr 28: J&J's one-shot vaccine, which does not need to be stored at ultracold temperatures, is perfect for populations like migrant workers, prison inmates and people experiencing homelessness, according to Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at University Health Network in Toronto. Read more

Sask., North Dakota reach deal to vaccinate cross-border truckers, other essential workers. regina.ctvnews.ca, Apr 27: Truckers transporting goods across the Canada-United States border between Saskatchewan and North Dakota will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting Wednesday. Saskatchewan’s premier and North Dakota’s governor signed a Memorandum of Understanding to vaccinate essential workers who transport goods across the border. Read more

Ontario asks for mandatory pre-departure PCR testing for domestic air travellers entering province. toronto.citynews.ca, Apr 27: In a letter Monday to the federal ministers of health and public safety, Ontario says it has already closed its boundaries with Quebec and Manitoba to non-essential travel, but there are no measures in place to protect provinces from the spread of COVID-19 variants through interprovincial air travel, an area of federal responsibility. Read more

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world Tuesday. cbc.ca, Apr 27: In a Montreal ICU, health-care workers strain to treat younger patients and COVID-19 deniers. Alberta Health Services says ICU beds added in hospitals, field hospital ready but not needed yet. Wood Buffalo mayor calls for province to lower vaccine eligibility age in Fort McMurray region. Read more

Health Canada Authorizes First COVID-19 Test For Self-Testing At Home. financialpost.com, Apr 26: ...The LUCIRA™ CHECK IT COVID-19 test kit is the first self-test authorized by Health Canada for individuals with or without symptoms. It delivers PCR quality molecular accuracy in 30 minutes or less at home and is expected to be available online for Canadians to order by June 2021 for approximately $75.00 CAD, excluding applicable taxes and delivery charges. Read more

Experts on the one-and-done advantage offered by Johnson & Johnson's COVID‑19 vaccine. ctvnews.ca, Apr 27: Canada's first shipment of 300,000 Johnson & Johnson's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in the coming days, but provinces are still waiting for guidance on how best to use them. Read more

Health Canada updates J&J vaccine product label to mention 'very rare' cases of blood clots. ctvnews.ca, Apr 26: Health Canada has updated the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine product label to include the “very rare” side effect of thrombosis, or blood clotting, following vaccination. However, after conducting a thorough review alongside the manufacturer and other international regulators, Canada’s regulatory body has determined that the benefits of the one-shot vaccine outweigh the risks of thrombosis. Read more

Christopher Labos: Our mix-and-match vaccination strategy. montrealgazette.com, Apr 27 [OPINION]: Ideally, we would have kept to the original study protocols. But the practical realities of this pandemic have forced us to change course. Read more

We need guidelines for the partly vaccinated, and we need them soon. tvo.org, Apr 27 {OPINION}: Expecting Ontarians who’ve had one dose of vaccine to behave as if they’ve had none is not realistic — and it could be dangerous. Read more

U.S. set to begin sharing its entire stock of AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccines. cbc.ca, Apr 26: The U.S. will begin sharing its entire pipeline of vaccines from AstraZeneca-Oxford once the COVID-19 vaccine clears federal safety reviews, the White House told The Associated Press on Monday — with as many as 60 million doses expected to be available for export in the coming months. ... The AstraZeneca vaccine is widely in use around the world, including here in Canada, but is not yet authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more

Alaska governor shares vaccine with B.C. town, hopes to open border. ctvnews.ca, Apr 27: Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has offered COVID-19 vaccines to residents of the small British Columbia town of Stewart, with hopes it could lead the Canadian government to ease restrictions between Stewart and the tiny Alaska border community of Hyder a couple kilometres away. Read more

Alberta lifts requirement for health-care workers to provide rapid tests. cbc.ca, Apr 26: Move cuts expense for organizations that want to implement COVID-19 screening. ... The province provides the tests for free to organizations that abide by a set of protocols which include administering the tests, using personal protective equipment, processing results and managing individuals who screen positive. Read more

Up to three military teams to be deployed in Ontario hospitals to deal with surge of COVID-19 patients. toronto.ctvnews.ca, Apr 26: The Canadian Armed Forces will send up to three medical teams to Ontario in order to support hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 following a request from the province. Read more

The fight against Big Pharma's grip on vaccines. cbc.ca, Apr 27 [Front Burner]: As global COVID-19 vaccine inequity persists, a growing chorus is calling for a different approach to making vaccines. More than 100 mostly developing countries, led by India and South Africa, are calling on the World Trade Organization to temporarily waive vaccine-makers' intellectual property protections. But Canada, the United States and other wealthy nations are not, as of yet, supporting the proposal. Today, science writer Stephen Buranyi on why he believes governments should compel pharmaceutical companies to share their COVID-19 vaccine "recipes" to boost global supply and save lives. Listen 20:41

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Monday. cbc.ca, Apr 26: Brampton, Ont., teen among youngest Canadians to die with COVID-19. Nunavut officials confirm B117 COVID‑19 variant in Iqaluit, add 9 new cases. Alberta's Wood Buffalo region to declare local state of emergency as COVID-19 cases climb. Deaths, hospitalizations dropping among oldest Canadians as COVID‑19 vaccinations ramp up. Read more

Canada to get 1.9M vaccine doses this week, including first Johnson & Johnson shots. ctvnews.ca, Apr 26: : Canada is set to receive about 300,000 doses of the J&J vaccine, which will come in addition to more than 1 million Pfizer-BioNTech shots and around 650,000 jabs from Moderna. Read more

Statement from Health Canada on AstraZeneca and Janssen COVID-19 vaccines produced at Emergent BioSolutions. canada.ca, Apr 25: …Health Canada would like to reassure Canadians that all AstraZeneca vaccines imported into Canada from this facility are safe and of high quality. Janssen vaccines produced at this site have not entered the country. Read more

Canadian-made COVID-19 antibody treatment sitting on shelves due to lack of administration plan. ctvnews.ca, Apr 23: A Canadian-made COVID-19 antibody treatment is sitting on hospital and pharmacy shelves amid the country’s third wave of the pandemic because doctors say a plan on how to administer the drug was never made …  According to Health Canada, bamlanivimab may prevent symptoms from becoming worse and reduce hospitalizations in high-risk patients who are infected with COVID-19. Read more

Canadians aged 30 and older can be offered AstraZeneca vaccine, national vaccine panel says. ctvnews.ca, Apr 23: The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is dropping the age of eligibility it is recommending for those who can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine to anyone 30 years of age and older, but it remains up to the provinces and territories to determine whether based on their current supplies if it makes sense to expand access. Read more

Vaccine Vacillation: Confidence in AstraZeneca jumps amid increased eligibility; trust in Johnson & Johnson tumbles. angusreid.org, Apr 26: Hesitancy remains highest in Alberta where 28 per cent say they will not be vaccinated or remain unsure. Read more

National medical licences could help speed redeployment of doctors, nurses to where they're needed most. cbc.ca, Apr 26 [OPINION]: Though the requirements are nearly the same, provincial and territorial medical licences are not portable. ... As we scramble to redeploy medical staff wherever they are needed, we need freedom to be able to quickly send them anywhere throughout our nation. Now, and for the foreseeable future. Read more

Future nurses, doctors want lessons from pandemic to create better health-care system. ctvnews.ca, Apr 25: …Nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists and others working with COVID‑19 patients were becoming physically and mentally exhausted as some hospitals filled up, deaths climbed and vaccines were not yet a reality. Read more

Covid-19-live updates. washingtonpost.com, Apr 28: Global pandemic needs a more global response, Fauci says, amid record-breaking deaths in India. A single dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech or the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines may reduce transmission of the coronavirus within households by almost 50 percent. West Virginia is offering an incentive to get vaccinated: Money. The state will give young people who get their shots a $100 savings bond. Read more

CDC: Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective against hospitalization in older adults. thehill.com, Apr 28: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were 94 percent effective in preventing hospitalization for COVID-19 among people age 65 and older, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study released Wednesday. Read more

BioNTech boss: Europe will reach herd immunity against COVID-19 this summer. ctvnews.ca, Apr 28: Europe can achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus within three to four months, the head of German pharmaceutical company BioNTech, which developed the first widely approved COVID-19 vaccine with U.S. partner Pfizer, said Wednesday. While the exact threshold required to reach that critical level of immunization remains a matter of debate, experts say a level above 70% would significantly disrupt transmission of the coronavirus within a population. Read more

NHS app will be used as Covid ‘vaccine passport’ for foreign travel. theguardian.com, Apr 28: International travellers will be asked to demonstrate their Covid vaccination and testing status using the NHS smartphone app, the UK government has confirmed, as experts warned that “vaccine passports” could be required for years. Read more

Japan's unused 14 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines point to logistical hurdles. nationalpost.com, Apr 28: Japan has secured the largest amount of COVID-19 vaccines in Asia, as it gears up for the Olympics in the summer. But it has inoculated only 1.6% of its population so far, the slowest among wealthy countries. Read more

Covid-19 live updates. washingtonpost.com, Apr 27: Situation in India ‘beyond heartbreaking,’ WHO chief says. President Biden told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the United States will provide “oxygen-related supplies, vaccine materials and therapeutics,” as it comes under increased pressure to help the stricken country. The U.S. supply of Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines will also be shared with other countries. Read more

Staying 2 metres apart does little to limit indoor spread of COVID-19: study. globalnews.ca, Apr 26: Staying at least two metres apart from others while indoors has virtually no effect on the risk of exposure to COVID-19, a new study out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) says. The study, released online ahead of its publication in the peer-reviewed journal PNAS on Tuesday, suggests that now-commonplace distancing rules matter far less than the amount of time spent inside with other people, particularly if an infected person enters the room. Read more

CDC says many Americans can now go outside without a mask. ctvnews.ca, Apr 27: U.S. health officials say fully vaccinated Americans don't need to wear masks outdoors anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers, and those who are unvaccinated can go without a face covering outside in some cases, too. Read more

U.S. drugmakers step up supplies as India battles COVID-19 surge. financialpost.com, Apr 27: U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co joined Gilead Sciences on Tuesday in lending support to India as the world’s second-most populous country scrambles to address drug shortages and bring a raging new wave of COVID-19 cases under control. Read more

All vaccines are not equal when it comes to a travel restart. bnnbloomberg.ca, Apr 26: Already, the European Union is planning to allow Americans vaccinated with shots approved by their drug agency to enter over the summer. This means that those who have shots by Chinese makers like Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and Sinopharm Group Co. Ltd. are likely to be barred from entry for the foreseeable future. Read more

The next wave of the pandemic: Long Covid. Axios.com, Apr 26: The research is becoming only more clear: People who have had COVID — even those who never had severe infections — are at risk of ongoing health problems, including some serious ones. … Two studies released last week emphasized how common it is for COVID survivors to require care months after their infection. Read more

Covid-19 live updates. washingtonpost.com, Apr 26: New U.S. cases still at a ‘precarious’ level, Fauci says, amid slowing vaccination rates. Fewer than 1 in 4 Americans not yet immunized against the coronavirus say they would be willing to get the vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson. Europe will soon be welcoming American tourists for the first time in over a year as long as they are vaccinated. Severely strained hospitals in Ontario, Canada, are taking unprecedented measures to cope as a variant-driven resurgence tears through the country. Read more

Coronavirus live news. theguardian.com, Apr 26: EU launches legal action over vaccine delivery delays. India reports over 350,000 new cases for first time. Greece to lift quarantine restrictions for Australia, Russia and others. EU may let vaccinated Americans holiday in Europe this summer. Read more

Israel examining heart inflammation cases in people who received Pfizer COVID-19 shot. ctvnews.ca, Apr 25: Israel's Health Ministry said on Sunday it is examining a small number of cases of heart inflammation in people who had received Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, though it has not yet drawn any conclusions. Pfizer said it has not observed a higher rate of the condition than would normally be expected in the general population. Read more

UK lawmakers call for PM Johnson to publish big pharma lobbying messages. financialpost.com, Apr 26: British lawmakers on Monday called on the government to publish all communications with pharmaceutical companies to understand if private lobbying influenced its opposition to a waiver of intellectual property rules for COVID‑19 vaccines. … The proposal would temporarily waive the intellectual property (IP) rights of pharmaceutical companies to allow developing countries to produce vaccines. Read more

Announcing the recipients of the 2021 Alumni of Influence award. dentistry.utoronto.ca, Apr 28: Dentistry recognizes three outstanding alumni and celebrates the impact of their contributions. Congratulating Farel Anderson 6T6, LouAnn Visconti 8T8, and Sneha Abhyankar 8T1 DIP DPH, 8T5 MSc, 8T9. Read more

Dental Hygiene Healthcare Superhero Competition. dentalhygienecanada.ca: Do You Know a Dental Hygiene Superhero? Employers, clients or colleagues may nominate their dental hygiene superhero. Read more

Accountants, politicians call on Canada Revenue Agency to delay income tax deadline. ctvnews.ca, Apr 27:  With the income tax deadline just days away, taxpayers, accountants and politicians are calling on the federal government to delay the date because of renewed pandemic shutdowns. Earlier this month, the Conservatives pushed the Liberals to give until the end of June for Canadians to file their taxes, while Quebec announced it would extend the provincial tax deadline until the end of May. Read more

N.W.T. divided on regulating vape flavours, public consultation shows. cbc.ca, Apr 28: Residents of the Northwest Territories are divided when it comes to banning certain flavours of vapes, a recent public consultation by the territory's Health Department shows. A report on the consultation released Tuesday shows that 51 per cent of more than 500 respondents opposed the development of new regulations to limit the number of flavoured "vapour products." Read more

Edmonton city administration walks back report on shisha smoking in lounges. cbc.ca, Apr 28: New report reverses position, acknowledges provincial changes don't affect shisha. Edmonton city administration has walked back its findings from a recent report on shisha smoking in lounges and now says the city would not need the province's cooperation to once again allow the practice. Read more

After a decade of cavities, will Calgary put fluoride back in its water supply? macleans.ca, Apr 26: Anti-fluoride activists are fighting again to keep the chemical out of Calgary’s water supply. But there are holes in their argument. Read more

Cityline – Why you should be paying more attention to your gum health. msn.com, Apr 26: "Total health begins with oral health." Dr Yair Lenga shares why it's time to focus on your gums, and making sure that they're in the best shape they can be. Watch 6:45

Indigenous communities face unique challenges in funding infrastructure projects, experts say. ctvnews.ca, Apr 26: The federal budget’s promise to spend $6-billion on infrastructure improvements in Indigenous communities is a welcome move, but closing an infrastructure shortfall estimated at $30 billion means breaking down barriers to funding and creating a climate of Indigenous equity ownership in projects, say experts. ... It’s a substantial amount of money, but just a small fraction of the estimated $30-billion gap between essential infrastructure available to First Nations communities – not to mention Inuit and Metis communities -- and what is available to other Canadians. Read more

Guest column: Make it easier for Canadians to know what's in their food. windsorstar.com, Ap  25 [Letter]: ...The packaged food industry has been thriving during the pandemic as we eat more comfort foods, snacks and find pleasure in the little things. Unfortunately, identifying healthy choices and comparing products in the grocery store is not an easy, straightforward task. We need simple nutritional information on the front of packaged foods. It’s one very important way we can help prevent the illness and deaths that come from unhealthy food choices. Read more

Believing in Calgary: Gurbir Nijjar to vie for Calgary’s Ward 3 city council seat. livewirecalgary.com, Apr 26: ...As for fluoride, Nijjar is in favour of it being boosted in Calgary’s water supply. He said for a relatively small financial investment the health gains are enormous. He said not everyone has access to regular dental care. This could have a substantial impact on Calgary’s lower-income citizens. Read more

Announcing the Canadian Journal of Health Technologies – A New Journal From CADTH. cadth.ca, Apr 22: CADTH launched the Canadian Journal of Health Technologies, a new open-access journal serving the Canadian and global health technology assessment (HTA) community. You can find it online at canjhealthtechnol.ca and you can subscribe to receive an electronic table of contents alert for future issues. Read more

Dental hygienists added to list of mandatory reporters of child maltreatment. drgnews.com, Apr 27: A group of South Dakota professionals are required to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect, and dental hygienists will soon be added to that list. House bill 1132 was signed into law by Gov. Kristi Noem following the 2021 Legislative Session and its language will be added to existing law in July. ... Previously dentists were the only member of the dental team mandated to report abuse. Read more

Should Medicaid cover dental care for adults with developmental disabilities? Lawmakers say yes. theadvocate.com, Apr 27: For adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, preventive dental care is hard to come by. Few can afford the out-of-pocket expenses — and many end up with no teeth at all. Read more

Facebook allows advertisers to target children interested in smoking, alcohol and weight loss. theguardian.com, Apr 28: Social media giant gave organisation behind a page for Australian 13- to 17-year-olds option to run alcohol, smoking and gambling ads for as little as $3. Read more

Finland plans stricter smoking rules, unbranded cigarettes. news957.com, Apr 27: Finland is seeking to tighten its already tough restrictions on public smoking and tobacco advertising in the next few years, in line with the national goal to phase out the habit almost completely by 2030. A proposal unveiled Monday will further tighten restrictions on outdoor smoking with bus stops, public beaches, children’s playgrounds and some outdoor terraces becoming completely smoking-free. Read more

Maine lawmakers take up new effort to expand adult dental care under Medicaid. pressherald.com, Apr 26: …For the third year in a row, the Maine Legislature will take up a proposal to expand dental benefits to adult Medicaid recipients, which would provide dental coverage to about 70,000 residents. Read more

Secondhand smoke appears to heighten risk of oral cancer. medicalxpress.com, Apr 26: People who are exposed to secondhand smoke could have a 51% higher risk of developing oral cancer, suggests a review of existing research published online in the journal Tobacco Control. Read more

It's time for FDA to end the tobacco epidemic. thehill.com, Apr 23 [OPINION]: …The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will respond by April 29 to a citizen petition urging a ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes. The agency should announce it intends to take that step while also requiring tobacco companies to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels. Read more

Pharma companies are getting too good a deal in Ireland. irishtimes.com, Apr 26: The Irish taxpayer is currently locked into paying too much for drugs. … Pharma is undoubtedly a major success story of the modern Irish economy. It produces high value-added products, contributes greatly to exports and employs highly trained staff in modern facilities. Part of pharma’s Irish success has been to extract high prices from the State. Read more

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  1. Robert Whyte April 29, 2021

    In England they are training regular citizens to give the injections. Canada is too caught up in regulations.


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