As COVID19 Hospitalizations Climb a new Vaccine emerges

The Moderna SPIKEVAX COVID-19 vaccine targeting the Omicron XBB.1.5 variant meets Canada’s health department’s stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements for people six months of age and older said a release on Tuesday.

Numbers of Infections and Hospitalizations are Climbing again

“We are absolutely encouraging people to get protected both with COVID-19 vaccine and the flu shot,” Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said during a news conference.

“Health Canada is also actively reviewing submissions from Pfizer-BioNTech seeking authorization of their COVID-19 vaccine targeting the Omicron XBB.1.5 subvariant for people six months of age and older. In addition, Health Canada has received a submission from Novavax for their COVID-19 vaccine targeting the Omicron XBB.1.5 subvariant for people 12 years and older. These submissions are being reviewed on a priority basis by dedicated scientific teams,” the department release explained on Tuesday.

“Unequivocal evidence indicates that all of the vaccines used in Canada are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from SARS-COV-2 which causes COVID-19,” explained Dr. Fred Harris the team-leader of the CSPaC biostatistical group in Singapore. “The data speaks for itself. Get vaccinated or suffer more, while risking possible serious illness and even in the some cases where comorbid indications exist, death.”

“Since vaccine protection decreases over time,” notes Health Canada, “if it has been six months since your last dose, vaccination with the new formulation of COVID-19 vaccine is recommended to provide better protection against variants of concern.”

Another aspect, suggested by Dr. Harris is the “risk of allowing the disease to spread across more hosts and thus inviting the virus to spawn more variants including those which may be able to escape the antibodies produced by the human body and become more lethal.”

United States of America COVID-19 Hospitalizations On the Rise

USA COVID19 HospitalizationsCOVID-19 Hospitalizations in United States of America. Source CSPaC.

Canada COVID-19 Hospitalizations On the Rise

COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Canada Source CSPaC.

14 Apr 2024 COVID-19 Data for The Entire World from CSPaC