These variants have a
growth advantage Howard Njoo, Canada’s assistant health officer, compared to others and appears to be immune, said in a Friday news conference while providing an update on the COVID-19 situation and monkeypox.
The federal agency observed that the BA.4 and BA.5 have been gaining ground in recent weeks. This trend can also be observed in Europe, particularly in Portugal, where BA.5 has become dominant and has led to an increase in infections.
Although summer usually represents a slowdown for the virus,
it’s possible we’re having an upswing here in Canadasaid dr Njoo, accompanied by the Chief Federal Public Health Officer, Dr. Teresa Tam.
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Drs. Tam and Njoo urged people to prepare for a resurgence and take personal protective measures like vaccinations as there will be more opportunities to gather during the summer season.
In addition, confirmed Dr. Njoo that Health Canada is currently analyzing a request from Moderna to give children under the age of five the vaccine against COVID-19. An answer should come in the next few weeks.
The United States on Friday approved vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna for infants as young as six months old.
168 cases of monkeypox
Regarding monkeypox, Canada had 168 cases as of June 17, the vast majority of which have been in Quebec with 141 reported infections. Ontario follows with 21 cases; followed by Alberta and British Columbia with four and two cases, respectively, the two chief medical officers said.
” Local health officials are telling us that the rate of growth appears to be slowing, but we will need to monitor the situation over the coming weeks. »
All of the cases for which information was provided to the Public Health Agency of Canada are males between the ages of 20 and 69, and some involve sexual contact with other males.
Still, anyone, regardless of sexual orientation and gender, can contract or spread the virus, federal authorities have warned.
Holding numerous events and festivals, particularly around Pride Month, will be an opportunity to raise public awareness of the disease in order to break the chain of spread.
We consider all the ways the transmission can be braked. One of the most important things we are doing is raising awareness both in affected communities and among healthcare workers.said dr tam
Messages to avoid stigmatizing a community are also important, she said.
Transmission can occur through close contact with an infected person or personal items they use, such as bedding.
Montreal, epicenter of the epidemic
In Quebec this week, public health extended vaccination to men who want to have sex with other men.
So far, it was reserved for people who had contact with people infected with the virus.
Montreal’s regional director of public health, Dr. Mylène Drouin said Tuesday that metropolitan Quebec was the epicenter of monkeypox in America, with 126 cases.
The World Health Organization will convene an emergency panel of experts next week to determine whether this escalating outbreak should be considered a global health emergency.