Canada pandemic growth Soaring as vaccines build hope

News from across Canada on the pandemic front is sobering while there are more hopeful messages from companies that will sell Canada vaccines.

First, the Good News

Canada has arrangements with Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca, as well as Johnson and Johnson.

 Johnson & Johnson (J&J), began the process today of applying for emergency approval of its vaccine from Health Canada to which early testing data was sent from J&J’s experimental one-dose vaccine for preventing COVID-19.  (The pharmaceutical giant will also be testing the efficacy of a two-dose treatment.)

This article will share news from notable women, Canada’s Health Minister Patty Hajdu; and from Dr. Theresa Tam. Additionally, new  statistical data is available from the University of Washington and from the Civil Society Partners for Global Solidarity against COVID-19 who have prepared some graphs for today.

by Sharon Santiago

This J&J data report was part of a set of rolling review submissions in a process of supplying data immediately it becomes available as a transparent window to the vaccine testing.

“It prevents a document and data overload when all testing has been done,” say officials at Johnson and Johnson.

Johnson & Johnson’s  statement today claimed that rolling submission were approved owing to positive results from laboratory testing that indicated a robust immune response in test subjects receiving the vaccine.

The company has said it will provide its vaccine on a not-for-profit basis throughout the pandemic emergency.

“Laboratories around the world are in a race to produce a COVID-19 vaccine. While the finish line is now in sight for Pfizer and BioNTech, the World Health Organization (WHO) lists 202 vaccine candidates, 47 of which are in human trials.

“Canada has not put all its eggs in one basket in its plan to protect Canadians from the novel coronavirus. In addition to Pfizer and BioNTech, it has signed six other contracts: Moderna, Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, AstraZeneca and Medicago. Canada recently announced it had reserved 56 million additional doses of vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, on top of the 20 million doses it had already purchased, bringing its order to 76 million.”

(Citing Aïssatou Aïcha Sow, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) writing “Pfizer may be the frontrunner, but Canada hedged its bets” for The RINJ Foundation Conversation.

And now the very bad news—Canadians are slacking off mitigation efforts hence TENS OF THOUSANDS more WILL DIE By February.

There are three gruesome news items today:

This graph below shows the cumulative case counts as well as the daily COVID-19 infections. The climb in the number of cases is rapid.

Canadian COVID-19 Trends are alarming Canada Heads for over 600,000 COVID-19 Cases by January
Nearing 400k on 1 DecemberClick to enlarge and read. Source: Civil Society Partners for Global Solidarity against COVID-19


Dr. Theresa Tam issues 1 December Guidance for Families as COVID-19 cases hit new daily highs.

“It is safest for all of us to limit errands and outings to just the essentials,” says Canda’s top doctor.

“Limit in-person activities to just our existing household members and keep up with key prevention practices: stay home if you have symptoms, practise physical distancing and frequent handwashingwear a face mask in indoor public places, and avoid the 3Cs, crowded places, closed spaces and close contact situations, whenever you can.”

“Read my backgrounder,” says Dr. Tam, “to access more COVID-19 Information and Resources on ways to reduce the risks and protect yourself and others.”

Statistical Live Updates from the Civil Society Partners for Global Solidarity against COVID-19

21 Jul 2024

 Canada Cumulative COVID 19 Cases Rise 200k in a month Canada Cumulative COVID 19 Cases Rise 200k in a month. Source: Civil Society Partners for Global Solidarity against COVID-19

Canada's projected cumulative cases for years end predicts a humanitarian disaster by Spring 2021 Canada’s projected cumulative cases for year’s end is part of a model that predicts a humanitarian disaster by Spring 2021. Source: Civil Society Partners for Global Solidarity against COVID-19