The mayor of a COVID-19 scorching spot in Alberta says she’s disenchanted that Johnson & Johnson vaccines earmarked for her neighborhood are delayed, however values the work Well being Canada is doing to make sure each dose is protected.
Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen issued an announcement saying front-line staff want the vaccines.
She additionally thanked provincial well being officers for exploring different sources to assist immunize high-risk areas as quickly as potential.
Residents of Banff had been amongst a number of precedence teams throughout Canada wanting ahead to the promise of J&J shipments subsequent week.
Plans to distribute the primary 300,000 doses are on maintain after Well being Canada realized a part of the vaccines had been manufactured at a Maryland facility that tousled the components in 15 million doses sure for the U.S. market.
Well being Canada says it’s in search of data from the FDA and J&J’s pharmaceutical arm, Janssen, to find out if the doses shipped to Canada meet required security requirements.
“Like different communities, we’ll wait our flip and stay vigilant in following all well being protocols to cease the unfold till everyone seems to be immunized,” Sorensen says.
The Emergent Biosolutions facility in Baltimore was not too long ago cited by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration for violations together with cleansing and sterilization failures, the potential for cross-contamination and failure to observe required protocols.
Well being Canada had already cleared 1.5 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine made on the facility, however didn’t assume the Canadian J&J doses had any connection to that plant.
Now Well being Canada says the drug substance that makes up a part of the J&J vaccine was truly produced there after which shipped elsewhere for the vaccines to be accomplished.
Phrase of the delay got here hours earlier than quite a lot of COVID-19 scorching spots reported continued excessive case counts and troubling virus-related hospitalization charges, although there have been indicators of hopein some jurisdictions.
Whereas Ontario recorded 900 sufferers in its intensive care models for the primary time for the reason that onset of the pandemic, total hospitalizations dipped barely to 2,152. The province recorded 3,369 new infections.
Hospitalizations additionally declined in Quebec for the fourth straight day, with the province reporting 578 sufferers in search of remedy for COVID-19. The province additionally added 1,101 new infections to its total tally.
Nova Scotia recorded a single-day excessive for brand new circumstances with 148, although Premier Iain Rankin had warned residents of an impending spike as provincial laboratories work their means by means of a testing backlog.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Could 1, 2021.
Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press