The WHO Says Forget About Booster Shots – Full COVID-19 Update

The WHO Says Forget About Booster Shots – Full COVID-19 Update

Top officials at the World Health Organization say there’s not enough evidence to show that third doses of coronavirus vaccines are needed. Appeals were made yesterday for the scarce shots to be shared with poor countries who have yet to immunize their people instead of being used by rich countries as boosters. The WHO’s director-general says the world’s grotesque vaccine disparity is driven by greed. He calls on drug makers to prioritize supplying their COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries instead of lobbying rich countries to use even more doses as boosters.

Parents Want To Know About Restrictions For Kids Who Cannot Be Vaccinated:

Parents and health experts are calling on the province to release specific guidance under its re-opening plan for children too young to get COVID-19 vaccinations. A pediatric infectious disease physician says she’d like to see details on whether children under 12 will be subject to different guidelines when the province moves to Stage 3 of re-opening on Friday. Dr. Nisha Thampiand is calling for more assessment of where risks are highest for young children and is recommending their families keep following guidelines like gathering outdoors where possible. New father Stephen Ouderkirk of Minesing says hisfamily is sticking to outdoor social gatherings with their infant son, and for now aren’t allowing non-household members to hold the baby.

 Canada Donating The AstraZeneca Nobody Wants:

After consulting with the provinces, the federal government is donating 17.7-million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to lower-income countries through the global vaccine-sharing alliance COVAX. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the other G-7 leaders recently that Canada would give back 13-million doses it was set to receive through a contract with COVAX. The government has also announced it will match donations Canadians make to a UNICEF fundraising campaign called Give a Vax, for a contribution of up to $10-million-dollars. 

New Information About The J&J Shot:

US health officials say Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine may pose a small possible risk of a rare but potentially dangerous neurological reaction. Nearly 13-million Americans have received the one-dose vaccine. The U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of 100 people who developed Guillain-Barre syndrome, an immune system disorder that can cause muscle weakness and occasionally paralysis.

COVID Hit LGBTQ Businesses The Hardest:
A new survey of businesses that are majority owned by members of the LGBTQ2S plus community finds those in gay villages have been hardest hit during the pandemic. The survey of businesses in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles was commissioned by e-commerce platform Lightspeed and carried out by Carleton University. Overall, 60 per cent of respondents reported the pandemic negatively affected their business operations. Though most businesses surveyed were located outside of gay villages, the study found they were concerned about the longevity of business within the villages as they dealt with closures, gentrification and high rent. 

Nova Scotia Is Reopening:

Nova Scotia will move to the next step its reopening plans amid strong COVID-19 vaccination rates and low daily infection numbers. Dr. Robert Strang says Nova Scotia will begin its fourth phase of reopening on Wednesday. Strang is also calling on citizens to advance their appointments for second doses and to stop hesitating about getting the Moderna vaccine.

Casinos Are Reopening This Week:

Great Canadian Gaming Corporation plans to open the doors to 11 casinos across Ontario this Friday as the province moves to Stage 3 of its re-opening plan. There will be a cap on the number of gamblers allowed inside and the casino at the Pickering Casino Resort east of Toronto is not included in the announcement. The Toronto-based company operates 26 facilities in four provinces and has already re-opened several casinos in BC and two in Nova Scotia

The UK is Lifting All Remaining Restrictions:

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that all remaining lockdown restrictions in England will be lifted in a week despite a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases. Johnson says although risks of the pandemic remain, legal restrictions will be replaced by a recommendation that people wear masks in crowded places and on public transport. Nightclubs and other venues with crowds are being urged to use vaccine passports for entry as a matter of social responsibility.

France Orders Healthcare Workers To Get Their Shot:

French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered all health care workers to get their COVID-19 vaccine shots by mid-September and says those who don’t will face potential sanctions or fines. He also mandated special COVID-19 passes for anyone who wants to go to a restaurant, shopping mall or hospital, or get on a train or plane. Greece and Italy announced similar plans yesterday.

 Ontario Numbers:

There were 114 new COVID-19 cases in Ontario yesterday and no new deaths from the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott said 18 of the new cases were in Grey Bruce, 15 in Waterloo Region and 10 in Toronto. There are now 204 patients in the ICU with COVID-related critical illness and 123 people on ventilators. 79 per cent of all Ontario adults have at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 56 per cent are fully vaccinated. 

Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:

Region of Waterloo Public Health confirmed 27 new cases yesterday and just 1 variant of concern. There were no new deaths. Active cases now sit at 288 and 25 people are hospitalized. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health had just 23 cases all weekend. There are now just 52 active cases with 6 people in hospital.

Contains files from The Canadian Press

Photo Credit: World Health Organization via Twitter

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