Now Johnson & Johnson Is Having Production Issues – Full COVID-19 Update

Now Johnson & Johnson Is Having Production Issues – Full COVID-19 Update

Prime Minister Trudeau says the government doesn’t have a date for when it will start receiving doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. He says in several conversations with the company, Canada has been warned of manufacturing problems. Health Canada approved the drug last week and the government pre-ordered 10-million doses of the single-shot vaccine. Trudeau says almost one-million doses of other vaccines arrived in the country last week and about the same number is expected this week. This is the latest hurdle to climb for a federal government who’s fate at the ballot box may hang on the success of their getting vaccines into Canada.

Here is yesterday’s update from the Prime Minister:

More Vaccines Are Coming This Week:

More than 2.5-million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the country. New shipments are expected to continue arriving in Canada, increasing the overall availability. The latest vaccine added to the country’s arsenal — from Johnson-and-Johnson — may take a little longer to get here. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday announced that the government had been warned of manufacturing problems plaguing the process.

Dr Tam May Adjust the Mask Mandate Once More People are Vaccinated:

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says she will look at making adjustments to COVID-19 guidelines on masking and physical distancing when it is safe to do so.

Tam told an Ottawa news conference yesterday that as more people get vaccinated, guidelines will evolve. She also offered reassurance to anyone concerned about the new guideline of spacing out the first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine by as much as four months. She says the decision was driven by “real-time science”.

A Legal Challenge To The COVID Hotel Policy Is Being Filed:

The Canadian Constitution Foundation is launching legal action to end the federal government’s quarantine hotel policy. It argues requirements for a three-night stay are overbroad, arbitrary and grossly disproportionate. The constitutional rights advocacy group argues the policy that took effect on February 14th detains people without COVID-19 symptoms who would be able to safely quarantine at home at minimal or no expense.

Family Doctors Waiting for Direction on COVID-19 Vaccines:

Ontario family doctors are still awaiting details on their role in administering COVID-19 vaccines. The president of the Ontario Medical Association says her group is standing by to help administer doses but are they are still in the dark about location and supply.

Doctor Samantha Hill says family doctors expect to be involved in administering shots of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine that will also go to people aged 60 to 64 in a pharmacy pilot. The province has said 190,000 doses of that vaccine were expected to arrive in Ontario this week.

The Third Wave is Over in America:

Hospitals are saying the third wave of coronavirus that brought daily record-setting cases, hospitalizations and deaths is over.  Despite an average of 1,700 Americans dying every day from COVID-19, the portion of those coming from hospitals has decrease over the last two months.  Newly released data from the Department of Health and Human Services shows fewer hospitals are reporting full intensive care units (ICUs).  What’s more, the number of facilities that say more than half their patients are infected with the virus, known as SARS-CoV-2, has fallen by more than 94 percent.

US Congress About to Pass A New COVID Relief Bill:

US Congress is poised to approve a landmark $1.9-trillion-dollar COVID-19 relief bill. That puts US President Joe Biden on the cusp of a triumph that advances Democratic priorities yet also showcases the unity his party will need for future victories. The bill aims to fulfil Democrats’ campaign promises to beat the pandemic and revive the enfeebled economy. House passage seems certain, probably coming sometime today or tomorrow.

Ontario Numbers:

Yesterday there were 1,185 new COVID-19 cases in Ontario, along with 6 new deaths. Hospitalizations increased sharply after 63 more people were admitted in the 24-hour period. 8 more people are now being treated in the ICU. 972 more cases were marked as resolved. There are now a little over 11,000 active cases in the province.

Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:

Region of Waterloo Public Health confirmed 30 more COVID-19 cases yesterday. That’s a big improvement compared to 51 cases the previous day. There was another death yesterday, raising the local toll to 236. Hospitalizations increased by three to 37. There are now 8 people in local ICU’s. In Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, public health announced just 7 new cases yesterday. The number of active cases is down to 168, which is a decrease of 13. There are still 4 people hospitalized with 3 in the ICU.

Contains files from The Canadian Press

Photo Credit: CPAC via YouTube screenshot


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