Apr 19, 2021

By Christine Ross

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Toronto’s top doctor says we are in the worst of the pandemic now and we need to do four things. In addition to bumping up vaccinations, Dr. Eileen de Villa says there are four other key areas.

“We need to double down on public health measures, to disrupt transmission, we then need to do everything we can to act in ways that support results from those measures and finally, we need to target vaccines carefully and wisely for maximum effect,” said Dr. de Villa.

She quoted provincial science table members who last week said 59 vaccinations will prevent one new infection but only 36 doses if the vaccines are targeted to frontline workers and others most vulnerable to COVID.

There are over 1,400 new cases in Toronto, 184 are in ICU and six more have died from the virus.

Meantime, Mayor John Tory says the city is closing in on a milestone 1 million people vaccinated.

“907,070 COVID vaccine doses have been administered in the city of Toronto and 29.2 percent of adults have received have received at least their first dose that’s one in three adults already with a dose of vaccine.”

Tory says if the city gets more vaccine supply, Toronto would “blow past the million mark very quickly.”

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