Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday called on Canadians to accept “the first vaccine available”, the day after the recommendations of a committee of experts suggesting to favor the remedies of Pfizer and Moderna in certain cases. “All vaccines approved by Health Canada are safe and effective,” he reaffirmed during a press briefing, once again calling on Canadians “to get vaccinated with the first vaccine available, as soon as possible”.
“It’s a good thing to have recommendations from a whole host of experts and doctors,” he commented. “But the point to remember is that we all need to be vaccinated as quickly as possible to get back to normal life.” The day before, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), which advises the government, had created confusion by asserting that messenger RNA vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna) were “the preferred vaccines” over those with viral vector Astrazeneca and Johnson and Johnson, because of the risk of complications for the latter two.
A third wave in the country
NACI said Canadians may have to wait to be offered a messenger RNA vaccine if the outbreak is under control in their area. The Prime Minister himself received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on April 23.
“Personally, I am extremely satisfied to have received a dose of AstraZeneca a few weeks ago,” he added. It is very important to me to be able to protect those who are dear to me, to protect my family and to do my part so that all Canadians can get out of this as quickly as possible ”.
NACI also recommended on Monday to reserve the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the last of the four remedies approved in Canada, to people aged 30 and over. As of Tuesday, more than 34% of Canadians had received a first dose of one of the four licensed vaccines in the country. Canada is facing a third wave that has resulted in containment measures in several provinces, including the two most affected, Ontario and Quebec.