Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reassured Canadians that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is secure after the nation had the primary reported dying because of a blood clot which may be linked to the shot.
Trudeau informed NEWS 95.7 in Halifax on Wednesday he nonetheless has confidence within the vaccine.
On Tuesday, well being officers in Quebec mentioned a 54-year-old girl from Montreal died of a blood clot that occurred after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Public Well being Company of Canada is investigating the dying.
“Each single vaccine that’s being utilized in Canada has been accepted as secure by Well being Canada, and I’ve super confidence in all vaccines together with AstraZeneca. I obtained the AstraZeneca shot myself final week and didn’t even hesitate,” Trudeau informed Todd Veinotte, who has been filling in for Rick Howe on The Rick Howe Present on NEWS 95.7.
Trudeau famous that the danger of creating this uncommon blood clot is way lower than the dangers related to COVID-19, or the danger of creating a blood clot when somebody will get the virus.
“The dangers of blood clots from getting COVID-19 are a lot higher than the very, very uncommon however actual dangers of unwanted side effects from AstraZeneca.”
LISTEN: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on The Rick Howe Present on NEWS 95.7 in Halifax
By way of the vaccine rollout throughout the nation, the Canadian Medical Affiliation and different teams have referred to as for the reallocation of COVID-19 vaccine to hotspot areas of the nation.
When requested if he would diverting vaccines from one province to hotspot provinces, Trudeau mentioned he doesn’t assist that method however fairly a per capita distribution system.
“The federal authorities labored with all of the provinces months in the past to determine a per capita foundation with a carve out for Moderna to the northern Arctic territories to be able to get probably the most susceptible individuals vaccinated in a single shot so that you wouldn’t must undergo age strata.”
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Nevertheless, he mentioned that if provinces wish to change that settlement, then he’ll respect that.
“If provinces wish to come collectively and wish to make that change, we’ll in fact be there to hear and facilitate that, however the federal authorities isn’t going to take vaccines away from any jurisdiction to go one other jurisdiction.”
“We’re nevertheless going to maintain working each single day to get extra doses extra rapidly into this nation in order that we are able to get everybody vaccinated as quick as doable, and we’re working with Ontario to assist them on reallocating internally the massive variety of doses they get.”
As calls develop for harder restrictions on flights into Canada, Trudeau defended his authorities border measures.
“We introduced in what been one of the vital environment friendly measures and one of many stronger measures used, not by everybody all over the world, however Canada is among the many ones that used it greatest, is that two-week quarantine — that was introduced in proper from the very starting,” Trudeau mentioned.
Final week, the federal authorities suspended incoming passenger flights from India and Pakistan for the following month as circumstances of COVID-19 surge in each nations. Nevertheless, cargo flights shall be permitted to make sure the continued provide of vaccines and PPE.
Trudeau mentioned his authorities is “working as arduous as we are able to” to get vaccines into the nation, including that two-million doses of the Pfizer vaccine are anticipated to reach subsequent week.
With information from Cormac Mac Sweeney