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Canada has a Vaccine Shortage Problem, and Media Seem Reluctant to Place Blame Wear it Belongs
Roxanne Halverson
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Canada has a Vaccine Shortage Problem, and Media Seem Reluctant to Place Blame Wear it Belongs

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NORTHERN, ONTARIO   ~~~~~~  April 27, 2021  (LSN)   Media and opposition party leaders such as the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh called for Ontario Premiere Doug Ford to resign last week, due to what they maintain is his failed COVID-19 response.

Ford started out strong, but as cases began to rise and no amount of measures, regardless of how stringent, seemed to stem the tide in the Greater Toronto area. A number of his critics, attributed this, somehow, to his reluctance to introduce a paid sick leave program, despite the fact the federal government has already done that.

As well, his critics seem to have forgotten that Ford pleaded with the same federal government to enforce tighter flight restrictions and screening and quarantine measures for international passengers arriving at Pearson Airport to prevent infected passengers from spreading the virus in the Toronto area. Those pleas fell on deaf ears for months, and when the federal government finally acted, it was too little too late. This is one of the reasons Ontario, particularly in the Toronto area, has been in some form of lockdown throughout the course of the pandemic, with the exception of a few months last summer.

We now face a third wave, further complicated by new variants of the virus. What went wrong? Ford was accused of not acting quickly to impose more restrictions much earlier to stem the tide of the third wave of COVID-19. Yet, when he did, he was roundly criticized for being too draconian, which caused him to walk back some of them, and apologize for his “mistake”. Yet, out in BC, Premier John Horgan is now introducing some similar measures to combat the third wave that has arrived in his province. He has closed BC borders to travellers from outside the province and restricted travel within the province. For example, residents of Vancouver Island are not allowed to leave the island, period. Restaurants have been closed to indoor dining, and group gatherings have been further restricted.  Yet, we have heard no calls for his resignation for implementing measures too late or imposing too many restrictions?

Why is Doug Ford the target of such scrutiny? It would seem the mainstream media, only finds fault with how Conservative premiers have responded to the pandemic. Alberta Premier Jason Kenny, for example, has also been criticized, either for not doing enough or doing too much. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister was questioned for entering into a contract to produce vaccines within the province. Meanwhile, in Quebec, where Premier Francois Legault, has imposed some of the most stringent measures, including a curfew, which certainly infringes on personal rights and freedoms, yet he is seldom questioned for his actions by mainstream media.

National mainstream media’s obsession with provincial responses during this third wave, particularly in Ontario, is puzzling.  The third wave arrived partially due to the federal government’s inaction on restricting international flights when it became aware of new variants in South Africa, Brazil, and the UK, that is rarely a topic of discussions by pundits on CBC or CTV. The main reason, however, is that while other countries such as the UK, Israel, and the USA launched aggressive immunization programs beginning as early as December of 2020, Canada did not nor, could it, because vaccines, in large numbers were not available. On December 13, media cheered as Canada received a paltry 30,000 doses of Pfizer Bio Tech vaccines, which was really only 15,000, because the vaccine requires two shots to be effective. In the coming months promises of more shipments were cancelled or delayed for various reasons. While Canada continued to await more shipments in January and February, many residents of the UK and USA had already received their second shots.

It is clear that, if the fault lies with anyone, for a huge surge of cases in this third wave, it is with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and he alone. Although unlike Premier Ford who actually apologized for his “mistakes” Trudeau refuses to acknowledge that he is responsible for Canada’s lack of vaccines. He is also responsible for the ongoing lockdowns that continue to cripple our economy, put added stress on a population has reached its breaking point, and may see more small businesses closing up shop for good.

So, why did we not have enough vaccines to begin our vaccine in program in December and January to stem the tide of the third wave, when countries like the UK and the US did? A lot of it has to do Trudeau’s unbelievable decision to enter into a partnership with China, and only China, to produce vaccines. The country responsible for the pandemic and lied about it and has be holding two Canadians hostage for coming up on 900 days. Not surprisingly the vaccine deal fell off the rails when China refused to send initial samples to Canada for testing. By the time the deal fell apart, Canada was late to the table in ordering vaccines from other suppliers—and sent to the back of the line.

In order to save face for his utter debacle, Trudeau had to beg, borrow and pay a much higher premium for vaccines but still there wasn’t enough. In most countries the cost of a single vaccine is around two or three dollars, but here it is eight. Trudeau also put Canada in the humiliating position of begging vaccines from COVAX the international stockpile of vaccines donated by G7 countries, like Canada, to enable poorer countries to immunize their populations. Yet still we came up short, so such so that health experts had to make the difficult decision to stretch out the length of time between the first and second dose of the vaccine (to obtain full immunity) from the recommended three to four weeks, to four months. This means that Canadians will still be wearing masks and social distancing and perhaps remain in some form of lockdown until the fall, and that’s only if, Trudeau can manage to get enough vaccines to ensure we all get our second shot in four months time, there are no guarantees there. Meanwhile countries like the UK and the US are beginning to reopen, because they have more than enough vaccine to go around.

As the leader of the country, during this pandemic, Trudeau really only had one really important job to do, and it wasn’t to throw money at everyone and anyone to buy votes and look like a hero.  It was to secure an adequate supply of vaccines to protect the health of Canadians and he failed miserably. So much so that Manitoba, Premier Pallister is now partnering with North Dakota, which has surplus vaccines, to have cross-border workers, such as truck drivers, vaccinated (with both shots) on the other side of the border. Other western premiers, such as Scott Moe, in Saskatchewan are following suit.  So again, given this complete and total fiasco, which it is safe to say has cost people’s lives and brought Canada’s health care system to the brink, why aren’t the media calling for Trudeau’s head?

Canadians should be furious with the situation, yet most are not. This wasn’t his first pandemic failure, just the most monumental. Trudeau and his obsession with political correctness put Canada way behind other countries in closing borders for fear of looking “racist”. His Health Ministers Patty Hajdu actually accused the Loyal Opposition of being “xenophobic” when they urged the government to close borders sooner. The Trudeau government also failed to introduce adequate and timely screening measures for international travellers at airports and its costly hotel quarantine program is a disaster. Other blunders range from sending 16 tons of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and

other supplies to China including free of charge, resulting in shortages in Canada and shutting down Health Canada’s early warning system designed to detect health threats early and develop plans to respond to them.  

Then there is this one, as a new mutation began raging in India, again the Liberal government dragged its feet before finally restricting all flights from India for a month. Once again because it seemed more worried about appearing racist than protecting the health of Canadians. Too late, the India mutation is here, and it will stay here until a majority of Canadians are vaccinated, which we are assured will be by September but, given Trudeau’s track record, don’t hold your breath. It is clear that aggressive vaccine programs introduced in the UK and the USA (where many have been fully vaccinated) have been effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19, even with the new variants, while Canada continues to see a huge jump in cases.  

 

These charts from Worldometre https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/, which tracks COVID-19 cases world wide, make that abundantly clear

 

 

Note these charts from the UK and the US, illustrating the dramatic reduction of cases COVID-19, compared to Canada, largely due to their vaccine program.

Yet, mainstream media don’t seem very interested in using these charts to demonstrate the reality of Canada’s vaccine shortage. Despite what Trudeau says, Canada is way behind in its vaccination program and the situation will remain so for months. Yet, media keep making excited announcements about the arrival of new vaccines, missing the fact that it is again, too little too late. Now our vaccine shipments from India are in jeopardy due to the alarming spread of COVID in that country. So again, I ask why isn’t Trudeau being held to account the way provincial premiers are, particularly those who head up Conservative governments? The response to this pandemic should never have been political and partisan, but it is, and mainstream media hold some responsibility in that regard.

There should be no problem in determining the root cause of this situation and that is the inept manner in which the Liberal government has handled the pandemic from the beginning, yet media continue to let Trudeau skate while hanging leaders like Doug Ford out to dry.  That, I believe, is the reason that Canadians aren’t furious with Trudeau, as they should be, they aren’t getting the facts they should from mainstream media. For example in my experience most Canadians are unaware of the China deal that fell threw.  In fact, most polls indicate that if an election were held tomorrow Trudeau would be elected again, and the reason is mainstream media mysteriously refuse to hold him to account.

By: Roxanne Halverson
Former TBT anchor and reporter
Living in Ottawa (retired RCMP Senior Emergency Management Planner

Northern Ontario 
Kenora, Rainy River, Dryden, Thunder Bay, Terrace Bay Marathon, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Ontario

 

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By: Roxanne Halverson
Former TBT anchor and reporter
Living in Ottawa (retired RCMP Senior Emergency Management Planner

Northern Ontario
Kenora, Rainy River, Dryden, Thunder Bay, Terrace Bay Marathon, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Ontario

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Covid and test During Ontario Lockdown

December 26th is day one of lockdown in Ontario 

Date Tests #Cases  Date Test Cases Date  Tests Cases
Dec 26   2,142 Jan 11     Jan 26 30,700 1,740
Dec 27   2,005 Jan 12     Jan 27 55,200 1,670
Dec 28   1,939 Jan 13     Jan 28 64,700 2,093
Dec 29   2,553 Jan 14     Jan 29 69,000 1,837
Dec 30 39,200 2,923 Jan 15     Jan 30 59,600 2,063
Dec 31   3,328 Jan16  73,900 3,056 Jan 31 49,400 1,848
Jan 1   2,476       Feb 1 30,400 1,969
Jan 2   3,363 Jan 17     Feb 2 28,600 745
Jan 3 49,800 2,964 Jan 18     Feb 3 52,400 1,172
Jan
4
    Jan 19     Feb 4 64,500 1,563
Jan 5 35,200 3,128 Jan 20     Feb 5  62,700 1,670
Jan 6     Jan 21 70,300 2,632 Feb 6 62,300 1,388
Jan 7     Jan 22 71,800 2,662 Feb 7 51,700 1,489
Jan 8     Jan 23 63,500 2,359 Feb 8  28,300 1,265

Jan 9

72,900 3,443 Jan 24  48,900 2,417 Feb 9 30,800 1,022
Jan 10     Jan 25 36,000 1,958 Feb 10 52,500 1,072

Follow the numbers for TBDHU Easter Month Long Lockdown

Population of Thunder Bay District (2016)  146,048
April 8th 1st stay of stay at home order for 28 days

Date New
Cases
Active
Cases 
Resolved 
Cases
Deceased Hospitalized ICU
Apr 3 26 183 2673 53 12 3
Apr 5   9 163 2701 54 14 4
Apr 6  1 149 2716 54 14 5
Apr 7 15 148 2732 54 10 4
Apr 8  3 104 2779 54 10 4
Apr 9 12 101 2793 55 12 5
Apr 10 13   98 2809 55 13 5
Apr 11 Not  Reported        
Apr 12 13 91 2829 55 14 5
Apr 13 9 87 2841 56 13 4
Apr 14 4 72 2860 56 11 4
Apr 15 4 61 2875 56 10 5
Apri16 8 57 2885 58 12 4
Apr 17 4 56 2890 58 9 3
    Not  reported  Today    
             
Apr 20 11 54 2909 60 7 2
Apr 21  6 52 2916 61 7 2
Apr 22 11 59 2919 62 8 2
Apr 23 10 61 2927 62 8 2
Apr 24 10 67 2931 62 9 2
    Not  Reported  On Sundays    
Apr 26 10 69 2939 62 7 0
Apr 27  6 66 2948 62 8 2
Apr 28  5 61 2958 62 8 0
Apr 29 15 67 2967 62 7 0
Apr 30  1 63 2972 62 6 0
May 1  7 54 2988 62 6 1
May 2   Not Reported  On Sundays     
May 3 9 48 3003 62 6 1
May 4 6 44 3013 62 4 0
May 5 5 45 3017 62 5 0
May 6 5 45 3022 62 5 1
May 7 2 41 3028 62 3 1
May 8 5 37 3037 62 3 1
May 9   Not Reported  On Sundays    
May 10  7 40 3041 62 4 1
May 11  0 29 3052 62 3 1
May 12  8 31 3058 62 4 1
May 13  6 36 3059 62 4 1
May 14  4 34 3065 62 4 1
May 15  4 32 3071 62 4 1
May 16  Do  Not Report  On Sundays     
May 17  3 29 3077 62 4 1
May 18  1 25 3079 63 2 0
May 19  1 24 3081 63 2 0
May 20  7 31 3081 63 4 0
May 21  1 28 3085 63 5 0
May 22  4 25 3092 63 5 0
May 23 Do  Not  report  On Holidays     
May 24 Do Not  report  On Holidays     
May 25 4 24 3097 63 5 0
May 26  1 17 3105 63 3 0
May 27  5 19 3108 63 4 0
May 28 18
14
 3
 1
 33
First Nation
Distict 
TBay
3112 63 4 0
May 29 9
6
3
0
42
First Nation
Distict 
Thunder Bay
3117 63 5 0
May 30 Do  Not Report  on  Sundays    
May 31

17
8
4
5

54
First Nation
District 
Thunder Bay
3117 63 4 0
June  1  3
2
1
54
Thunder Bay
First Nation 
3120 63 3 0
June 2 4
2
2

Thunder Bay
First Nation
       
June 3 11
2
5
4
61
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3128 63 6 0
June 4 21
 1
13
 7
75
Thunder Bay
First Nation
Disrict 
3273 63 7 0
June 5 16
6

2
81
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3289 63 6 0
June 6 Do  Not  report on  Sunday     
June 7

10
 3
 6
 1

67
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3169 63 7 1
June 8   
 0
 0 
 1
 60
Thunder Bay
First Natiomn 
 District  
3175 63 5 1
June 9  
0
1

 
56
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3181 63 5 1
June 10

3
0
1

51
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3190 63 5 1
June 11  1
3
0
47
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
 
3198 63 5 2
June 12
1
 2
3
39
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District
       
June 13 Do  Not  remport on  Sunday  
June 14

1
5
0
 
33
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District
3224 63 6 3
June 15 1
2
0
33
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3227 63 6 3
June 16
1
3
1
35
Thunder Bay
First Nation 
District 
3230 63 6 3
June 17
1
0
0
31
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District
3234 64 4 2
June 18
1
0
0
29
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3235 64 5 2
June 19
0
1
0
23
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3242 64 4 2
June 20 Do not report  on  Sundays  
June 21

1
0
1

14
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3253 64 4 2
June 22
0
0
0
12
Thunder Bay
First Nation 
Districtg 
3255 64 3 2
June 23


0
0
0

9
Thunder Bay
First Nation 
District 
3258 64 3 2
June 24


0
1
2

10
Thunder Bay
First Nation 
District 
3260 64 3 2
June 25
1
0
0
10
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3261 64 3 2
June 26
June 27
  No longer  Available  on  Weekends  
June 28

2
0
0
 
9
Thunder Bay
First Nation
Distict 
3264 64 3 1
June 29 0 6 3267 64 2 0
June 30 0 6 3267 64 2 0
             

 

Follow the Ontario numbers for Easter Month Long Lockdown

Ontario's 3rd lockdown start April 3 at 12.01 am. 
April 8th 1st stay of stay at home order for 28 days

Date Test Cases  Date  Tests Cases
May
31
18,200 916 June 16 28,100 384
June 
1
20,300 699 June 17 30,500 370
June 3 34,300 870 June 18 26,600 345
June 4 32,300 914 June 19 25,400 355
June 5 27,800 744 June 20 21,100 318
June 6 22,600 663 June 21 13,800 270
June 7 15,200 525 June 22 16,800 296
June 8 17,600 469 June 23 27,400 255
June 9 30,500 411 June 24 29,500 296
June 10 31,400 590 June 25 26,600 256

June 11

28,900 574 June 26 25,600 346
June 12  24,100 502 June 27 18,500 287
June 13 20,700 530 June 28 13,100 210
June 14 13,600 447 June 29 28,300 299
June 15 17,200 296 June 30 184 27,300

 

Date Test Cases Date  Test  Cases Date  Test  Cases  Date  Test Cases
April 1  62,300 2,557 Apr 16 64,300 4,812 May  1 46,800 3,369 May 16 33,100 2,199
Apr 2 121,400 3,089 Apr 17  56,900 4,362 May 2 45,300 3,732 May 17 24,500 2,170
Apr 3   3,009 Apr 18 53,800 4,250 May 3 33,200 3,436 May 18 22,900 1,616
Apr 4   3,041 apr 19 42,900 4,447 May 4 33,700 2,791 May 19 38,400 1,588
Apr 5    2,938 Apr 20 40,600 3,469 May 5 45,800 2,941 May 20 45,400 2,400
Apr 6 37,500 3,065 Apr 21 51,900 4,212 May 6 54,100 3,424 May 21 37,100 1,890
Apr 7 49,900 3,215 apr 22 54,200 3,682 May 7 51,300 3,166 May 22 34,600 1,794
Apr 8 63,800 3,295 apr 23 56,200 4,505 May 8 47,800 2,864 May 23 31,200 1,691
Apr 9 61,400 4,227 Apr 24 52,200 4,094 May 9 38,500 3,216 May 24 16,900 1,446
Apr 10 61,400 3,813 Apr 25 46,700 3,947 May 10 27,200 2,716 May 25 20,200 1039
Apr 11 56,400 4,456 Apr 26 33,800 3,510 May 11 28,100 2,073 May 26 24,000 1,095
apr 12 47,900 4,401 Apr 27 34,000 3,265 May 12 45,700 2,320 May 27 37,700 1,135
Apr 13 42,200 3,670 Apr 28  50,200 3,480 May 13 47,600 2,759 May 28 40,900 1,273
Apr 14  54,200 4,156 Apr 29 56,900 3,871 May 14 44,000 2,362 May 29 33,600 1,057
Apr 15 65,600 4,736 Apr 30 53,100 3,887 May 15 42,300 2,584 May 30 26,600 1,033

 

TBDHU goes into Grey Lockdown March 1st 12.01 am.

Population of Thunder Bay District (2016)  146,048

Date  New
Cases
Active
Cases 
Resolved
Cases 
Deceased  Hospitalized 
ICU
Feb 27   335 1218 30 23 7
Feb 28   343 1239 30 26 9
March 1 56 376 1262 30 29 9
March 2  40 374 1304 30 26 9
March 3  26 389 1314 31 29 10
March 4 61 397 1366 32 29 10
March 5 48 389 1422 32 27 8
March 6 40 386 1465 32 35 11
March 7 111 470 1492 32 37 11
March 8 30 462 1529 33 36 10
March 9  58 458 1589 35 29 9
March 10 46 414 1677 37 31 10
March 11 46 423 1714 37 35 9
March 12 82 435 1784 37 35 8
March 13 43 446 1816 37 36 9
March 14 40 437 1865 37 37 9
March 15 51 446 1906 38 44 7
March 16 35 403 1984 38 39 8
March 17 68 424 2030 39 38 8
March 18 40 406 2088 39 39 12
March 19 38 399 2133 39 44 15
March 20 32 379 2185 39 45 16
March 21 20 362 2222 39 35 12
March 22  9 325 2267 40 35 12
March 23 29 305 2316 40 31 7
March 24 25 286 2355 45 26 5
March 25 33 283 2390 46 28 5
March 26 20 259 2434 46 28 4
March 27 29 233 2488 47 20 3
March 28  21 216 2526 47 19 4
March 29 12 207 2547 47 19 4
March 30 25 199 2576 51 17 3
March 31 34 216 2592 52 18 3
April 1 23 210 2621 52 18 3
             
             
             
             

This is the total number of deaths among cases in which COVID-19 was determined to be a contributing or underlying cause of death

 

Number of Test and Number of Cases of COVID Ontario

Date Tests Cases Date Tests  Cases  Date Tests Cases
Feb 11 68,800 945 Mar 1 35,000 1,023 Mar 19 56,100 1,745
Feb 12 62,000 1,076 Mar 2  30,800 966 Mar 20 52,100 1,829
Feb 13 58,800 1,300 Mar 3 52,600 958 Mar 21 49,200 1,791
Feb 14 48,700 981 Mar 4 65,600 994 Mar 22 31,100 1,699
Feb 15 27,000 964 Mar 5  64,700 1,250 Mar 23 32,600 1,546

Feb 16

30,400 904 Mar 6 57,800 990 Mar 24 52,000 1,571
Feb 17 34,000 847 Mar 7 46,600 329 Mar 25 60,100 2,380
Feb 18 56,200 1,038 Mar 8 38,100 568 Mar 26 53,400 2,169
Feb 19 65,400 1,150 Mar 9  33,300 1,185 Mar 27 61,000 2,453
Feb 20 57,200 1,228 Mar 10 54,100 1,316 Mar 28  50,200 2,448
Feb 21 Not report Not Report Mar 11 60,600 1,092 Mar 29  39,500 2,094
Feb 22 31,200 1,058 Mar 12 64,600 1,371 Mar 30  36,100 2,336
Feb 23 26,000 975 Mar 13  58,400 1,468 Mar 31 52,500 2,333
Feb 24  54,900 1,054 Mar 14 47,600 1,747 April 1  62,300 2,557
Feb 25 66,400 1,138 Mar 15 34,000 1,268      
Feb 26 64,000 1,258 Mar 16 28,500 1,074       
Feb 27 59,400 1,185 Mar 17 49,100 1,508      
Feb 28 49,200 1,062 Mar 18 58,600 1,553      
                 

 

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