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Canada’s COVID-19 hospitalizations still sharply rising amid Omicron-driven wave: Dr. Tam

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said on Friday that although there are early indicators suggesting Canada has reached its peak of COVID-19 cases in the Omicron-driven fifth-wave, daily hospitalization numbers are still “rising steeply.” “Although there is a degree of underestimation due to current testing policies, the seven-day average of close to 27,000 cases reported daily as of Jan. 19 shows continuing high rates of infection,” she said.

COVID-19: Omicron not contagious for less time than other variants, Tam says

Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said on Tuesday that the latest evidence does not show the Omicron COVID-19 variant is contagious for less time than other variants of the virus, but said the number of infections from Omicron is stressing workforces and is a reason to adjust risk tolerance for ending isolation periods earlier.

COVID-19: Canada could see 170,000 daily cases in January, Tam says

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said on Friday that the Omicron COVID-19 wave could peak at 170,000 cases a day in January, though the projections are likely estimates of the “true number of daily cases” that may be occurring as testing restrictions have limited the number of reported cases.

COVID-19: Canadian health officials discuss incidental hospitalization rates

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam and deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo discussed incidental hospitalization rates on Friday, which they said are “useful in the study of the impact of the Omicron variant.” Incidental admissions occur when patients are admitted to a hospital for other reasons but tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19: Canada not changing definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ Tam says

Canada’s chief public health officer Theresa Tam said on Wednesday that the qualifications for being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were not changing in Canada at this point. “I think that we will be revisiting this question again after our booster programs have rolled out significantly in the domestic context,” she told reporters.
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‘We might be experiencing a bit of turbulence’: Tam reacts to rising COVID-19 cases

As Canada's COVID-19 cases start rising again, Health Canada has approved Spikevax, Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, to be used as a booster shot. Abigail Bimman reports on when Canadian children might finally get vaccinated, and on chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam's advice about keeping the virus out as more people head indoors.

Coronavirus: Tam provides information on COVID-19 aerosol transmission

Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam responded to questions regarding aerosol transmission of the coronavirus on Friday, saying there is recognition that droplets of different sizes play a role in transmission, but how much a role smaller sized droplets or aerosols play “still remains an area of research.”
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Coronavirus: More than 70% of Canadians intend to get COVID-19 vaccine, Tam says

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said Friday that more than 70 per cent of Canadians intend to get the COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available to the wider public, according to studies by the Privy Council Office. She added that some within that group do not want to be first in line for the shot. She also said some statistics indicate a number of health-care workers “still have questions about the vaccine.”

COVID-19: Canada’s top doctor provides details on Pfizer vaccine for kids aged 5-11

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam provided details Friday on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11, which was just approved by Health Canada. Tam said the vaccine will require two doses of 10 micrograms, or one-third of the dose for adults. She added that the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is recommending the two doses be spaced eight weeks apart.
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Canada’s COVID-19 cases slightly up, serious outcomes still declining: Dr. Tam

Canada's COVID-19 case count is 93 per cent lower than during the peak of its third wave, but there is still some resurgence as public health measures are loosened across the country, said Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said on Friday. The doctor added that as of Friday, the latest seven-day average of people being treated in hospital for the virus has fallen to below 480 people daily.
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NACI recommends Pfizer or Moderna for people who received AstraZeneca as first COVID-19 vaccine shot

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam announced on Thursday that the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has updated its guidance for people who received an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine first shot to recommend receiving an mRNA vaccine as a second shot, either a Moderna or a Pfizer vaccine, citing an emerging evidence on potentially better immune response with this mixed vaccine schedule.

Coronavirus outbreak: Federal ministers respond after Kenney threatens to go around Health Canada

Federal Health Minister Patty Hadju and chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam responded on Tuesday to comments made by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney raising the possibility his province might circumvent Health Canada's authority. On Monday, Kenney said products approved by European or American health regulators should be available for use in Alberta even while awaiting Health Canada's approval.
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Coronavirus: Canada’s top doctor comments on airlines selling middle seat on flights

When asked about airlines selling the middle seat, doing away with social distancing measures on flights, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said "careful thinking" is recommended before travelling, including not leaving Canada unless it's essential and limiting domestic travel but doing so in a way as safe as possible. She said wearing a face mask is also recommended should you choose to fly.
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