Ensuring that this extension is safe for people who will be vaccinated with these doses, the federal agency explains that the change will allow provinces and territories to use their existing stocks and allow Canadians to access doses of this much-needed vaccine».
Health Canada’s decision is based on an AstraZeneca document including product stability data, including from mathematical models.
These data have shown, says the agency, that the quality, safety and efficacy of the two batches in question would be maintained for an additional month».
The shelf life of these doses of vaccine, which can now be used until July 1, was initially set at six months.
Several provinces have already started administering a second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine to those who received it in the first dose.
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Mental health: Help from the private sector is not enough
Mental health: Assistance from the private sector is not enough The flagship measure of $ 25 million from the Legault government to reduce waiting lists in mental health is slow to materialize. Nearly seven months after its announcement, 542 Quebecers, out of the 19,819 waiting for services, were taken care of by psychologists and psychotherapists in the private sector, reveals a survey by Le Devoir. Le Devoir contacted 22 CIUSSS and CISSS as part of its investigation. According to the data compiled, 133 users including 5 children benefit from private therapy in the five CIUSSS of Montreal. The CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale transferred 13 adults and 18 children to the private sector. So far, the 10 agreements have resulted in expenditures totaling $ 10,000. No contract has yet been concluded by the CIUSSS de l’Estrie. “Efforts to recruit psychologists in private practice have not yielded the expected results,” said the establishment, which has 115 adults on its waiting list for psychotherapy. The CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, for its part, did not see fit to call on professionals in law firms. Some 160 adults and children are on its waiting list. Asked to respond, the office of the Minister for Health and Social Services, Lionel Carmant, said he was “disappointed with the low number of patients referred to private services”. Time is running out, reports the Coalition of Psychologists of the Quebec Public Network. The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating psychological disorders. And the wave of mental health issues is far from abating. “Adolescents are not going well at all,” observes its president Karine Gauthier. For the psychologist, recourse to the private sector is “a bandage on an infected wound”. As of May 11, 19,819 Quebecers were waiting for a mental health service, according to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS). This is a 21% jump since July 17, according to data provided by the MSSS.
The “super moon of super moons” in the sky on Wednesday
The “super moon of the super moons” in Wednesday’s sky The ball of the stars offers a whole spectacle in the coming days: a super moon, a super lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse will take turns animating the celestial vault. First, the world will be able to contemplate on Wednesday night one of the largest observable full moons since Earth. When the Moon is closest to Earth, the Moon is about 356,000 kilometers away. It is said that she is then in her “perigee”. A perigee takes place at 9:53 p.m., Tuesday night, while the moon will be full in the night from Wednesday to Thursday. This coincidence a few hours apart creates the phenomenon of “super moon”. Since it will be so close to Earth, the silver disk will appear 7% larger in the sky and will inevitably be brighter. Coincidentally even rarer, this period of supermoon coincides with that of a total lunar eclipse. All lunar eclipses fall on a full moon night, but the coincidence with a “super moon” creates a “super eclipse”, says Gilles Joncas, director of the Department of Physics at Laval University. He says the eclipse will begin around 7:30 a.m. in Quebec City on May 26. The scene will only be really visible to people in the west of the country, or in Japan and Australia. On the other hand, Quebeckers can recover two weeks later, on June 10. “There will be a solar eclipse that will be visible from eastern North America,” says astrophysicist Robert Lamontagne. In Quebec, the eclipse will only be partially visible. The Moon will cover, at best, only 80% of the Sun’s surface. The curious, however, will have to get up early. The solar eclipse will begin at dawn and reach its climax between 40 minutes and an hour after sunrise, around 5:15 p.m.
Blinken wants to “rebuild” the relationship between the United States and the Palestinians
Blinken wants to “rebuild” the relationship between the United States and the Palestinians Washington wants to “rebuild” its relationship with the Palestinians while recognizing the “right” of Israel to defend itself, pleaded Tuesday the head of the American diplomacy Antony Blinken , on tour in the Middle East. “It is possible to resume efforts to achieve a two-state solution,” Israeli and Palestinian, he said at a press conference in Jerusalem. The visit of the US Secretary of State aims to consolidate a fragile truce that entered into force Friday between Israel and the Islamist movement Hamas, in power in the Gaza Strip, after 11 days of war. After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to whom he reaffirmed “full support for Israel’s right to defend itself”, Mr. Blinken was received by Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, in Occupied West Bank. “As I told the president [Abbas], I am here to underscore the United States’ commitment to rebuilding the relationship with the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people, ”he said. This relationship must be “built on mutual respect”, because Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve “security, opportunity for freedom and dignity”. In the evening, however, Mr. Blinken warned Israelis and Palestinians against “any measure” that could spark a spark or undermine the prospect of a return to the two-state solution. He cited as an example “the activities of colonization, demolition, expulsion” as well as “calls for violence or the financing of terrorists”. From May 10 to 21, 253 Palestinians were killed by Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip, including 66 children and fighters, according to local authorities. In Israel, rocket fire from Gaza killed 12 people, including a child, a teenage girl and a soldier, according to police.
The expiry date of the vaccine was also of concern to the Minister of Health of Canada, Patty Hajdu earlier this week. She has sent a letter to her provincial and territorial counterparts asking them to send doses that they believe will not be able to inoculate before their expiration to provinces that may be able to do so.
Access to the second dose in Quebec and Ontario
In Quebec, administration of the second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine began on Saturday. To be eligible, you must be 45 years of age and over and have received a first dose of the vaccine for at least 8 weeks. The time interval between the two doses had previously been set at 16 weeks.
In Montreal, the doses available without an appointment have skyrocketed. At the vaccination site at the Olympic stadium, 1,200 doses were available on Saturday and the same will be on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. At the Martin-Brodeur arena, the 500 doses available on Saturday were also administered, and 250 will be on Sunday. At the Décarie square, in the Côte-des-Neiges district, 485 doses were offered on Saturday and hundreds more will be offered in the coming days.
The enthusiasm was the same elsewhere in the province, especially in Trois-Rivières, where staff were unable to take a lunch break. Some people waited two to three hours there to receive their second dose.
L’Ontario has resumed offering the vaccine this week, choosing an interval of almost three months between the two doses. The vaccine is there for those who received their first dose between March 10 and 19.