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Encouraging news this AM that based on early data Pfizer's COVID vaccine may be up to 90 percent effective: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/pfizer-says-early-data-signals-covid-19-vaccine-is-effective-1.5794899 A good amount of optimism, but at the same time caution that even if all other hurdles are cleared we wouldn't be looking at widespread implementation until next year... i.e. the same COVID fundamentals that applied yesterday continue to apply today and into the foreseeable future! PS... respectfully ask that this thread be free of other countries' politics please and thanks
Another vaccine in development (Moderna) is being reported as 94.5% effective based on data so far. As with Pfizer, important to keep in mind that if it eventually does meet markers for approval we are still talking months away before potential widespread deployment meaning this shouldn’t change a thing about how people respond in the present serious situation we are facing.... but between the two, it sure sounds like there’s real reason for hope. Please read reputable media reports in full on vaccine developments to be as informed as possible...
Pfizer now with data at 95% effective and no serious side effects... includes better than 94% in adults age 65+! Moving onto the next step: https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/18/health/pfizer-coronavirus-vaccine-safety/index.html PM Trudeau commented yesterday on what could be next for Canada, cautioning not to let guard down in the months ahead: https://beta.ctvnews.ca/national/coronavirus/2020/11/9/1_5180829.html Recent survey (taken before the safety announcement) had the number now up to 69% who would take if available in the Spring, 22% that wouldn’t: https://toronto.citynews.ca/2020/11/17/canadians-covid19-vaccine-poll/amp/
Can't stress enough going forward to monitor true, official sources and real medical professionals for info on either vaccine, their effectiveness or safety and the potential deployment in the months ahead. You can expect misinfo and maybe even politicization to fire up on this topic just as it has with others but when it comes to the potential in the months ahead to ease what this virus has done to the community, province, country and planet this isn't the time for anything but real, trustworthy facts!
Roussin: Manitoba anticipating vaccine in January with some degree of optimism but quantities will be low at first."We'll be dealing with this virus for many more months, probably a year."— Bartley Kives (@bkives) November 18, 2020
Roussin: Manitoba anticipating vaccine in January with some degree of optimism but quantities will be low at first."We'll be dealing with this virus for many more months, probably a year."
Pfizer onto the next step... https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/pfizer-vaccine-emergency-regulators-1.5809397
A story CBC had posted last night on vaccine potential from a Manitoba perspective:
Three straight Mondays, three straight encouraging vaccine developments. This time AstraZeneca saying late stage trials show up to 90% effective: https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5812268
From the link below, in Canada a vaccine could potentially be approved early in 2021: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-canada-vaccines-idUSKBN2832UX
From the link below, the Prime Minister is saying that the majority of Canadians should be vaccinated by next September: https://globalnews.ca/news/7488324/vaccine-coronavirus-trudeau-nato-fortin/
Via the link below, Canada will receive an initial batch of 249,000 doses of Pfizer's vaccine before the end of December should it gain approval... further shipments and millions of doses continuing into 2021. Within one or two days vaccines could be ready to be administered. The vaccine is currently in the process of efficacy and safety assessment with delivery contingent on being deemed safe: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/canada-to-get-first-pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-doses-before-end-of-december-1.5220229 At today's Manitoba media briefing, a question was asked about vaccine readiness. Dr Roussin stated that Manitoba is prepared to receive and to be in a position to administer a vaccine. It's expected that it will initially be a very limited supply and limited scope of who will be able to be immunized initially. More details are expected soon.
Please start by ensuring you've brushed up on the facts surrounding the vaccines, their efficacy, safety and the rigorous process that each must get through to get to the point where they are approved as Pfizer's was in Canada today. Look to reliable, trustworthy sources for facts and not social media comments, viral videos or word of mouth. As we've seen during topics relating to other phases of the pandemic, there's going to be a real disinformation challenge around the vaccine... ensuring you're in the loop on facts from real sources will help you to be the person in your circle that makes sure folks are factually informed. Here's CTV's story on Health Canada approving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine today: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/historic-moment-health-canada-approves-pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-1.5223477 Another good resource is the Government of Canada's page for Vaccines at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/covid-19-vaccine-treatment.html and Pfizer's announcement from November 18: https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-conclude-phase-3-study-covid-19-vaccine Look for continued information at the local level from the Province and would assume Prairie Mountain Health as more doses of not just Pfizer but potentially other vaccines if approved.
Here's what's in the vaccine:
Just a reminder that if citing information from an external source it’s important that the link of that source is included in the post so that anyone reading can evaluate that source and evaluate the information in the wider context of the full article or story it was in. On this particular topic it’s perhaps as important as it’s ever been as we ensure a facts-based understanding. Thank you
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