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Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 (nCoV-2019)

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With COVID-19, the Catholic Church broadcast their services on television or through on-line websites, while making donations by mail or on-line. Some of the Catholic Churches ask their parishioners to create home alters.

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Toronto Public Health hired Ipsos to get Toronto’s thoughts on COVID-19 response. (n=1,201; Oct 20-30) 83% support second lockdown; 90% agree with taking “whatever measures are necessary”; 58% disagree with notion lockdowns do more harm than good.

Do they have a breakdown by income?
 

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Donald Trump is not much of a deal maker...

Trump administration officials passed when Pfizer offered in late summer to sell the U.S. more vaccine doses.

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Trump administration officials passed when Pfizer offered in late summer to sell the U.S. government additional doses of its Covid-19 vaccine, according to people familiar with the matter. Now Pfizer may not be able provide more of its vaccine to the United States until next June because of its commitments to other countries, they said.

As the administration scrambles to try to purchase more doses of the vaccine, President Trump plans on Tuesday to sign an executive order “to ensure that United States government prioritizes getting the vaccine to American citizens before sending it to other nations,” according to a draft statement and a White House official, though it was not immediately clear what force the president’s executive order would carry.

That included whether it would expand the U.S. supply of doses beyond what is spelled out in existing federal contracts.

The vaccine being produced by Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, is a two-dose treatment, meaning that 100 million doses is enough to vaccinate only 50 million Americans. The vaccine is expected to receive authorization for emergency use in the U.S. as soon as this weekend, with another vaccine, developed by Moderna, also likely to be approved for emergency use soon.

Britain plans to begin a vaccination drive on Tuesday using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, making it the first Western nation to start mass vaccinations.

On Nov. 11 — two days after Pfizer first announced early results indicating that its vaccine was more than 90 percent effective — the European Union announced that it had finalized a supply deal with Pfizer and BioNTech for 200 million doses, a deal they began negotiating in months earlier. Shipments could begin by the end of the year, and the contract includes an option for 100 million more doses.

Asked if the Trump administration had missed a crucial chance over the summer to snap up more doses for Americans, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services said, “We are confident that we will have 100 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine as agreed to in our contract, and beyond that, we have five other vaccine candidates.”

In a statement, Pfizer said that “any additional doses beyond the 100 million are subject to a separate and mutually acceptable agreement,” and that “the company is not able to comment on any confidential discussions that may be taking place with the U.S. government.”

The decision to issue the executive order was reported earlier by Fox News.
 

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(Bloomberg is a very respectable media source in the States.)

"Canada already had enough potential Covid-19 vaccines secured to protect a population almost four times its size. It just added another 20 million doses to the pile and accelerated its vaccination calendar.
The government doubled its order from Moderna Inc. to 40 million doses, the U.S. pharmaceutical company said Monday. And the first 249,000 doses from another supplier, Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, are set to arrive next week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday, kick-starting a vaccination campaign ahead of schedule.
“The first Canadians will be vaccinated next week if we have approval from Health Canada this week,” Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa. “This will move us forward on our whole timeline of vaccine roll out and is a positive development in getting Canadians protected as soon as possible.”
Trudeau came under fire last month after revealing that Canada won’t be first in line for an eventual vaccine because of a lack of local manufacturing capacity. The country was due to start its vaccination campaign early in 2021, with enough supply for 3 million people at first.
Now he is ahead of schedule, and Canada is on top of global rankings for vaccine contracts. With the 20 million additional Moderna doses, Canada has secured enough to inoculate 154 million people, assuming the vaccines are cleared by health regulators.
It’s enough doses for more than 400% of its population, ahead of the U.K.’s 295% and Australia’s 269%, according to Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker.
The northern nation, however, is struggling to get a grip against a second wave of infections hitting regions that had been relatively spared when the pandemic first hit in March. New cases now exceed 6,000 a day, forcing provinces to impose fresh lockdown measures, including on the financial capital of Toronto."

 

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Thoughts?

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deliver vaccines to the priority groups identified by the National Advisory Committee on immunization ... and by Indigenous communities in remote or isolated areas

I'm going to walk a fine line here by saying that IMHO the vaccine should be delivered to at-risk seniors first, regardless of their ethnic background
 

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A modest first step. Better to have it in-hand waiting for the flag to drop.

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." (Churchill)


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I'm going to walk a fine line here by saying that IMHO the vaccine should be delivered to at-risk seniors first, regardless of their ethnic background

Tough call, but FNs are the direct responsibility of the federal government (along with the military/RCMP, for healthcare). I don't know the per-capita numbers but likely the main factor in keeping the infection numbers low (if in fact they are) is simply their isolation. Many FNTs have significant levels of underlying medical conditions, including TB, as well as over-crowded housing, and if the infection gets into some of these communities, it could go through it like wildfire.
 

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Travel is not a large source of covid-19 cases overall but it is the origin of all covid-19 cases.

My point is Canada’s covid-19 experience has never had anything to do with a zero case strategy. 2021 will be defined by how we live with covid-19 not a return to low-case numbers.

That is why I suggested they should seriously consider permanently increasing our icu capacity which is already skeletal. Covid-19 patients will probably continue to occupy icu beds for years to come.

Anecdotally travel-wise tenants of mine have been flying all around the world and the country throughout the pandemic. One couple with a two-year old have already went through 3 or 4 14-day quarantines since March.
 

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According to dad, the boys were trying to deescalate a situation on the street. Drunks trying to defuse always works well.
 

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Since its related to the issue of compulsory mask-wearing..............I'll drop this here:


Randy Hillier's offspring involved is a dispute w/bar owner and OPP over mask-wearing (or not wearing); and subsequent belligerence. It ends with arrests and tasering.

Just how drunk do you have to be to 1) go into an establishment blatantly ignoring the mask policy, 2) refuse to leave upon being asked to by the owner, 3) still refuse to leave the property upon being escorted out by police, and 4) resort to a level of belligerence with the police who are there to remove you to the point that you need to be tasered and arrested? I felt embarrassed just reading that story. Where is their sense of judgement? Where is their shame? Where is their dignity??
 

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Just how drunk do you have to be to 1) go into an establishment blatantly ignoring the mask policy, 2) refuse to leave upon being asked to by the owner, 3) still refuse to leave the property upon being escorted out by police, and 4) resort to a level of belligerence with the police who are there to remove you to the point that you need to be tasered and arrested? I felt embarrassed just reading that story. Where is their sense of judgement? Where is their shame? Where is their dignity??

Thankfully, POGG instead of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Anyways, why is being drunk always pushed as an excuse?

AoD
 
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