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Ruben Hill
May 5, 2021

"We really need Canadians to get vaccinated as quickly as possible".

Ali says every day they see people waiting for a supposed "better" option and instead encourages everyone to take the first shot available to them.

But that's not the advice of Ottawa's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) - the same group that recommended up to four months between doses of vaccines because of Canada's vaccine shortage.

Pfizer and BioNTech have been consistently delivering around 1 million doses from Brussels each week since mid-March, but those numbers will double over the next month before increasing further in June.

"Now that supply and eligibility have expanded, it's even more important for us to reach underserved and vulnerable populations to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine", said Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president for Health & Wellness at Walmart.

Trudeau says Canada is "looking very carefully" at prospective solutions in the hopes of aligning with allied countries, but mentioned - perhaps a bit ominously - that he "can't speak for the United States and the choices they might make around who to welcome into their country".

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Trudeau confirmed Canada will continue receiving two million doses from Pfizer each week in May.

He said the doses would arrive on Canadian soil by Wednesday morning.

Conservative MPs said the government needs to fix the communications disaster NACI has become.

"In comparison, Albertans 50 to 59 who are diagnosed with COVID-19 are 350 times more likely to die from that infection than to experience VITT after an AstraZeneca vaccine".

The estimated risk of the blood clotting syndrome is believed to be anywhere from 1 in 100,000 doses to 1 in 250,000.

Canada has reported at least five cases of blood clots following immunisation with the vaccine, but public health officials maintain the benefits of the AstraZeneca shot outweigh the potential risks. More than 253,000 doses of AstraZeneca or CoviSHIELD that have been administered in Alberta. Njoo says this is higher uptake than for the flu vaccine and is hopeful it will help give confidence to people for all vaccines.

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