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NACI has also suggested a booster dose may be offered to individuals aged 18 to 49 years at least six months after receiving their first two doses.

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The National Advisory Committee on Immunization now strongly recommends booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines for people over 50 years of age.

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NACI has also suggested a booster dose may be offered to individuals aged 18 to 49 years at least six months after receiving their first two doses.

The committee has also strengthened its recommendation for several other groups and is now strongly proposing boosters for people who received a whole range of Oxford-AstraZeneca or Janssen vaccines, those in or from First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and frontline health professionals . .

The new recommendations come after an urgent request from the federal government for the role of COVID-19 vaccine enhancers in the fight against the new Omicron variant.

The World Health Organization has warned Omicron’s high number of mutations may signal that it is more transmissible than previous strains.

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“We know that Canadians are increasingly asking whether they should receive boosters, and that question is obviously of greater importance now with the new variant,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said at a news conference Tuesday.

At the same press conference, ministers announced a series of stringent new test and isolation measures for travelers coming to Canada as part of an effort to ensure that no one inadvertently imports a case of the new variant into Canada. The government has also prevented foreign nationals who have recently been in transit through 10 African countries from entering.

Yet cases of Omicron have already emerged across the country. Although most involve recent travel, one case, reported in Alberta, involved household transfer.

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On 19 November, the Advisory Committee proposed that to date there is no evidence of diminishing protection against serious illness from COVID-19 in the general fully vaccinated population.

The new evidence at the time suggested that although the vaccine becomes less effective at preventing infection over time, protection against serious illness and death appears to be more durable.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday when it comes to boosters that the priority is to follow NACI’s advice on who should get them and when, in light of the Omicron variant.
Vaccine supply will not be an issue, he said.

“We have lots of vaccines for boosters in Canada, we are receiving more into the new year. We are fine in terms of quantity. The question is what is the best recommendation for people to get these boosters and when,” he said. he.

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Despite NACI’s advice so far, many provinces have gone ahead with their own COVID-19 booster strategies and have in some cases promised to offer them to any adult who wants one in the coming weeks.

Latest COVID-19 news in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health on Friday reported 60 new cases of COVID-19. There were no new deaths.

That brings the total number of cases to 32,160 since the pandemic began. There have been 618 deaths.

The National Board of Health is aware of 363 active cases of the virus.

There are 10 patients in the hospital with COVD-19 symptoms, two of them in the intensive care unit.

There was a new outbreak at a school in Ottawa, Half Moon Bay Elementary School, which brought the total number of ongoing outbreaks in education and child care facilities to 19. There was another outbreak in the community – in a multi-unit residence – which brought up three the number of societal outbreaks. There are five ongoing outbreak health facilities.

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From Friday at 3 in the morning, OPH reported that 814,745 people in the capital over the age of five, or about 82 percent, are fully vaccinated. Among those over the age of 12, 814,739 are fully vaccinated, or 88 per cent.

Meanwhile, in the week since OPH began vaccinating children aged five to 11 years, more than 19,000 children, about one in four eligible children, have received their first dose.

OPH has administered a total of 1,746,682 vaccine doses.

Latest COVID-19 news in Ontario

Ontario’s daily number of cases has exceeded the 1,000 mark with 1,031 new confirmed COVID-19 infections reported Friday.

The last time the daily number of cases was over 1,000 was on May 30, when 1,033 more people were reported to have the virus.

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A further four residents died when Ontario’s death toll rose to 10,016.

There have been 621,260 cumulative cases since the beginning of the pandemic, and of these total cases, 604,027 are now considered resolved.

There are currently 7,217 active cases in the province, according to data from Public Health Ontario.

Health Secretary Christine Elliott said residents who are not fully vaccinated make up 23.4 percent of the population, but make up a majority of new cases. There are 589 new cases in those who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or whose status is unknown.

There are 286 patients in the hospital, of whom 225 are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or status unknown, while 61 are fully vaccinated (with two doses).

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There are a further 146 people in intensive care, 119 of whom are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or status unknown.

There were 133 cases confirmed in Toronto, 106 in Simcoe-Muskoka, 68 in the Peel region and 68 in Windsor.

There are 30 more cases in Kingston as this region has an increase in the daily number of cases. There were 15 new cases in the Eastern Ontario Public Health Unit, 12 in Renfrew County and six in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.

The province has now administered 23,832,474 total vaccine doses, including 738,075 third (booster) shots.

It represents 90 percent of Ontario’s 12-plus population with at least one vaccine dose and 87.2 percent with two doses.

Officials are also tracking variants of concern in the province, with six confirmed cases of the Omicron variant from Thursday. 7,193 cases of the Delta variant in Ontario have been confirmed, including 296 cases added to the provincial database within the last 24 hours.

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COVID-19 news in Quebec

Quebec on Friday reports 1,355 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths attributed to the new coronavirus.

This is the highest number of new daily cases in the province since April 16, when officials reported 1,537 cases.

COVID-19-related hospital admissions increased by three compared to the day before to 230. The number of people in the intensive care unit increased by four to 57.

Authorities say 27,893 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered over the past 24 hours, including about 16,000 doses to children aged five to 11 years.

The Ministry of Health says that 86 percent of residents aged five and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. About 89 percent of Quebecers 12 years and older are considered to be adequately vaccinated.

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COVID-19 news in Canada

Canada is purchasing up to 1.5 million courses of oral antiviral therapies for COVID-19 pending approval by Health Canada.

The government has signed up for a first million courses with antiviral drugs from Pfizer when Health Canada approves their safety and efficacy.

The company submitted a request for approval to the federal drug regulator earlier this week.

Canada has also purchased 500,000 courses of Merck’s oral antiviral therapy for COVID-19, with the option to purchase an additional 500,000 when Health Canada approves the drug.

A stockpile of antiviral drugs will supplement vaccines in the fight against the pandemic, said Purchasing Minister Filomena Tassi.

Some experts have hailed antiviral drugs as a game-changer in the treatment of the disease as they are designed to block the enzyme essential for viral replication.

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Merck’s clinical trials showed a 50 percent reduced risk of hospitalization or death compared to placebo patients with mild or moderate COVID-19, for example.

The oral medications will also be more available than those to be given intravenously, Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Friday.

The current antiviral drugs are only available to people in hospitals, making them inaccessible to people in remote areas or people with mild to moderate illness.

These new drugs could be prescribed and taken by patients at home.

-With files from The Canadian Press

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