COVID-19: Canada’s response is among the best in the world, according to study | Coronavirus

The research, published Monday in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Associationattributes Canada’s strong performance to restrictive and sustained public health measures and a successful vaccination campaign.

A team of Ontario researchers compared data from February 2020 to February 2022 in 11 countries, dubbed G10 due to the late inclusion of one of them.

They analyzed data from Canada, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States – all countries with similar political, economic and healthcare systems.

G10, les différences sont énormes, a déclaré un des auteurs de l’étude, le DrFahad Razak, lors d’une récente entrevue. Si vous regardez notre taux de vaccination, nous avons eu le plus haut de tout le G10.”,”text”:”Si vous comparez le Canada auG10, les différences sont énormes, a déclaré un des auteurs de l’étude, le DrFahad Razak, lors d’une récente entrevue. Si vous regardez notre taux de vaccination, nous avons eu le plus haut de tout le G10.”}}”>If you compare Canada to the G10, the differences are huge, said one of the study’s authors, Dr. Fahad Razak, in a recent interview. If you look at our vaccination rate, we had the highest in any G10.

After Japan, Canada has the lowest rate of infections and the lowest death rate, he added. According to the study, Japan is considered an exception within the G10 for reasons that are unclear.

The research suggests that the cumulative per capita rate of COVID-19 cases in Canada was 82,700 per million, while all countries – except Japan – had rates above 100,000 per million.

mortality

Canada’s COVID-19 death rate was 919 per million, again the lowest outside of Japan. All other countries had more than 1000 per million.

dr Razak said that if Canada had had the same death rate as the United States, the country with the highest cumulative number of COVID-19-related deaths, at least 70,000 more Canadians would have died in the first two years of the pandemic.

This means that if we had followed the same path as the United States, most of us would likely know a grandparent, friend, or family member personally. […] who now lives in Canada and is believed to have passed away. »

A quote from dr Fahad Razak, co-author of the study

He said Canada’s relatively positive outcomes came despite having access to vaccination later than most countries, noting that the country also had other structural health system disadvantages to overcome at the start of the pandemic.

Some hospitals were so overwhelmed that we had to transport patients to other hospitals by ambulance or planehe explained.

But Canada, he said, stood out from other developed countries when it chose to implement both stringent and sustained public health measures. Although such measures have met strong opposition in some circles, they have helped mitigate the overall impact of the pandemic, said Dr. Razak.

Many countries […] had periods of severe restrictions, but they quickly removed them, he said. For Canada, the level has been high and sustained for the first two years or so.

The Vaccination Campaign

dr Razak noted that the success of the vaccination campaign in Canada was the strongest point of the research. He applauded officials for engaging with the public and making sure vaccines were readily available across the country.

More than 80% of eligible Canadians had received at least two doses by June. According to the study, the proportion of vaccinated populations in other G10 countries is between 64% and 77%.

In Canada, the launch of these dose one and dose two vaccines was magic. »

A quote from dr Fahad Razak, co-author of the study

: un engagement très élevé peut se produire avec la bonne stratégie.”,”text”:”Lorsque nous parlons à nos collègues d’ailleurs, nous constatons que le Canada fait l’envie du monde pour ce qui est du ralliement de sa population autour de cela. C’est une leçon: un engagement très élevé peut se produire avec la bonne stratégie.”}}”>When we speak to our colleagues elsewhere, we find that Canada is the envy of the world when it comes to winning over its people. It’s a lesson: Very high engagement can be achieved with the right strategy.

The study also showed that countries’ response to the pandemic has left economic strains, with government debt growing for all countries, with Canada posting one of the highest relative increases.

We had very significant economic impacts, we had very severe restrictions on our individual freedoms that led to things like isolation […]but we also had one of the best results in containing the effects of the virussaid dr Razak.

Was it worth it? This is not a scientific question, it is a question of values, morals and politics.

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