As the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic approaches, Canada’s chief public well being officer says she’s more and more optimistic about the way forward for the worldwide well being disaster — however cautions that some measures might stick round for months to return.
“I think we can be buoyant by that more optimistic outlook because it is a pretty tremendous thing that we have, which is several, not just one, but several, really great vaccines,” Dr. Theresa Tam mentioned Sunday on Rosemary Barton Live.
“But with that sense of optimism comes … the need to just hang on in there for a bit longer, because I do think that if these vaccines are provided to as many people as possible, we can break the most severe consequences, the crisis phase of this pandemic.”
Canada has now permitted 4 COVID-19 vaccines. The Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines are two-dose photographs, whereas the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires solely a single dose.
Masks, distancing not going away quickly
When requested by CBC chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton how lengthy Canadians ought to count on to maintain up with masks sporting and bodily distancing amid the nation’s vaccine rollout, Tam mentioned such pointers will not disappear anytime quickly.
“These viruses come in in invisible ways, and so we need to keep up those measures,” Tam defined, including that whereas permitted vaccines are efficient at staving off essentially the most severe outcomes of COVID-19, there are nonetheless those that will not be absolutely protected.
“With that in mind, I think these habits are going to continue for some time. But we want to stop the more restrictive measures as soon as possible.”
Avoid evaluating vaccines, Tam says
After a sluggish begin, the nation’s inoculation marketing campaign has picked up steam. On Friday, the federal authorities introduced that vaccine producer Pfizer had agreed to speed up the supply of three.5 million doses of its vaccine.
Some provinces have additionally moved to delay the second dose of two-shot vaccines after new nationwide suggestions had been issued earlier this week.
While the delay would enable extra Canadians to obtain their first jab, differing efficacy percentages between photographs has led to a level of public hesitancy over which inoculation is greatest.
Like different public well being specialists, Tam cautioned towards evaluating the efficacy of various vaccines head-to-head.
“What is the fundamental fact about these vaccines is that they are all very effective when it comes to preventing serious outcomes, such as hospitalizations … really serious illness and many deaths as well,” she mentioned, including that the hundreds of thousands of people that have been vaccinated worldwide is proof of that.
“I think people should feel very confident as they go in, to get whatever vaccine is being offered to them, that they are really great for that purpose.”