A preliminary study in the US is out, after probing a unique COVID-19 booster shot combination. The study followed people who were fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine and then got a Johnson and Johnson shot as a third dose six months later. Researchers found the people had a boost in antibodies, similar to what they’d get with another Pfizer jab, but got a bigger increase in another part of the immune system — T-cells.
Fauci Doesn’t Think The New Variant Is That Serious:
The U.S. is considering lifting its South Africa travel ban as White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci says early indications from South Africa suggest that the Omicron variant may not be as severe as previously feared. “Thus far – though it’s too early to really make any definitive statements about it – it does not look like there’s a great degree of severity to it, but we’ve really got to be careful before we make any determinations that it is less severe or really doesn’t cause any severe illness comparable to delta,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union. “But thus far, the signals are a bit encouraging regarding the severity. But again we’ve got to hold judgement until we get more experienced.”
Freeland To Get Grilled Today By The House Finance Committee:
Ottawa is planning to roll out a new round of pandemic aid, but to ensure the legislation’s speedy passage, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland must first face an onslaught of questions today about economic issues. The House of Commons finance committee struck a deal with the Liberal government to have Freeland sit for at least two hours of questioning and its 12-members will work to move the aid bill closer to a final vote. Committee member and NDP finance critic Daniel Blaikie says his party has concerns about how only workers subject to lockdowns would receive income support.
Windsor Imposes New Restrictions:
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reinstating tougher public health measures amid a surge of COVID-19 cases. It says the new measures, which take effect Friday, will help control the spread of the virus as the region faces what it calls a disproportionate burden of COVID-19. Gathering limits will be reduced to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors — except for weddings and funerals — while restaurants and bars will have to limit their indoor capacity to 50 per cent. Businesses, meanwhile, are being urged to enable remote work for employees, wherever possible. The new measures will remain in place until further notice.
News Release: WECHU Letter of Instruction Updated Amid Rise in Cases of COVID-19 – https://t.co/5WzViQVAEy
— WEC Health Unit (@TheWECHU) December 5, 2021
Quebec reported 1,256 new COVID-19 cases and one further death yesterday. The Health Department says there are 819 active outbreaks in the province. The seven-day average for new cases is 1,144. The Health Department says 86 per cent of residents five and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
New Brunswick Numbers Climbing:
New Brunswick’s active COVID-19 case count stands at 752 after adding 118 new cases yesterday. Forty-six people are in hospital, with 16 of them in intensive care and nine on a ventilator. The new numbers were announced as the province implemented its so-called winter action plan — which is designed to limit the spread of the virus. It requires masking outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained and capping informal indoor household gatherings at 20 people.
Ontario reported 1,084 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, but no additional virus-related deaths. It was the third straight day that the daily tally topped a thousand. Of the new cases, 579 were in people not fully vaccinated, while 69 were in individuals whose immunization status is unknown. The vast majority of Ontario’s COVID cases have been identified as the Delta variant, though, as of Saturday, there were also 10 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant.
In Ontario, 23,976,361 vaccine doses have been administered. 90.1% of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and 87.3% have two doses.
140 people are hospitalized with #COVID19, and 164 people are in ICU due to COVID-19. Please note that not all hospitals report on weekends.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) December 5, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
Waterloo Region Public Health and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health have both given up on reporting weekend numbers. They will tell everyone how many cases they had this weekend later today.
— Guelph FHT (@GuelphFHT) December 3, 2021
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