July 23, 2024

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New vaccine from Moderna gets green light

New vaccine from Moderna gets green light

At a time when COVID-19 is especially contagious, Health Canada announced good news on Wednesday.

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A public agency has approved Moderna’s new vaccine capable of protecting against the Omicron XBB.1.5 subvariant.

This vaccine can be given in a single dose to anyone age five and older.

Vaccination is important for those most vulnerable. Most outbreaks are reported in healthcare settings.

Autumn is a favorable period for the transmission of respiratory viruses. Canada, like many other countries, is experiencing an increase in cases of COVID-19.

That’s why federal public health is asking citizens to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated in the coming months.

Health Canada explains that immunity declines over time, so vaccination is important, “as we approach the colder months when people spend more time indoors.”

Health Minister Christian Dubey, who is awaiting recommendations from the national public health department, still does not know whether the next vaccination campaign will target only vulnerable people or the entire population.

A sign that the Covid-19 variant is spreading further, many health institutions are spreading the virus.

In Centre-du-Quebec, five facilities were affected, including Hotel-Dieu Hospital in Arthabasca and Saint-Croix Hospital in Drummondville.

In Estrie, in the Granby Hospital Center, in Hotel-Dieu and in the CHSLDs of Val-des-Sources and Saint-Vincent, there were four outbreaks of about twenty cases.

Both CIUSSS officials stated that the current situation is “not a matter of concern” and that they have full control over the situation.

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