Partially vaccinated Canadians can socialize outdoors this summer, Tam says

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Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada's community approach to COVID-19 is more similar to the United Kingdom.

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"We're also beginning to see reductions in the number experiencing severe and critical illness with less than 4,000 people with COVID-19 people being treated in our hospitals each day", Tam said.

The roadmap mentions that Canadians should still avoid large crowds, but could be able to sit on patios, have picnics in a park, or go camping, with vaccine coverages set to that level. Those shots likely will be earmarked for people who already have had a first dose of this product, Tam said.

Tam said a more social summer will depend on Canadians staying apart for the rest of the spring.

Tam said the U.K.is reopening with lower vaccination rates because it has been able to "crush" the third wave and has fewer cases than Canada.

Procurement Minister Anita Anand says Canada can expect to receive 4.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna next week. "The risk of this happening after a second dose is reported as being around one in 1 million".

"We are continuing negotiations with our suppliers to accelerate deliveries so that the provinces and territories can get vaccines into the arms of Canadians as rapidly as possible", Anand said. "It helps provide that guideline for Canadians as they undergo their own community's journey with vaccination".

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This could mean a full return to in-person learning for colleges and universities as well as indoor sports and more family gatherings.

Health officials are dealing with the variant first identified in India.

Nunavut's chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, said a recent gathering between multiple households resulted in several infections in children.

Premier Doug Ford said Thursday that public health measures have been effective in driving down cases, but need to be continued for now.

"We have a very short summer and it seems it's getting shorter by the day", said Nunavut Health Minister Lorne Kusugak.

There were 26 more deaths from the virus, according to the province. The province said there were 530 hospitalizations, and 123 intensive care cases.

Yesterday, Yeo had called on the government to collect more data on Covid-19 vaccines in relation to pregnancies, saying that the availability of such information deferred from one vaccine to another. The province also confirmed one case of vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT), or blood clots, in a woman who had received the AstraZeneca vaccine in April.

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