Aug 12, 2021
By Jane Brown
Canada has gone from being desperate for doses of COVID-19 vaccinations to stockpiling millions of them in freezers across the country.
Data on vaccine deliveries, distribution and injections provided by Health Canada and the provinces show almost 22-million doses have been delivered to Canada but not used yet.
Procurement minister Anita Anand says how many of the stockpiled doses can be considered excess and available for donation to other countries still has not been decided.
At the same time, conversations are ramping up on third dose booster shots of COVID vaccine.
A new study from Toronto’s University Health Network suggests a third dose is the best way to increase protection in organ transplant recipients.
“We saw nothing unexpected,” co-lead study author Dr. Deepali Kumar explained, “I would say it was very safe and well tolerated.”
She says some third-dose participants saw moderate antibody increases while others had levels similar to those seen in healthy vaccine recipients.
The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Meantime, we are expecting to learn of approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for COVID-19 booster shots for immunocompromised Americans.
The news comes as the Delta variant spreads and the U.S. has its highest daily caseload since January, before vaccines were widely used.