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VIRUS REMAINS A REALITY – Tracy-Anne McPhee, the deputy premier and minister of Health and Social Services, speaks at Thursday’s media briefing on COVID-19 matters. At the far left is Mary Tiessen, the government’s American sign language interpreter, while on the screen is Dr. Sudit Ranade, the Yukon’s chief medical officer of health.

Territory still awaiting vaccine, minister says

“We did expect them a lot sooner than now.”

By Whitehorse Star on September 16, 2022

“We did expect them a lot sooner than now.”

Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee offered that assessment Thursday afternoon during a media briefing on subjects related to COVID-19.

She was referring to the arrival in the territory of Moderna bivalent vaccine doses, which provide protection against both the Omicron and the original COVID-19 variants.

The new dose contains the mRNA sequence for the spike protein of both strains. It’s recommended to be taken no sooner than six months after receiving an earlier COVID-19 vaccine.

This is the first bivalent COVID-19 authorized in Canada, and most regions of Canada have received their initial shipments.

On Sept. 1, McPhee and Dr. Sudit Ranade, the new chief medical officer of health, said in a statement the Moderna bivalent vaccine would arrive later in the month.

There were no further specifics about an arrival time revealed during Thursday’s briefing.

“We are working with our partners (in the federal government) to receive this vaccine as soon as possible,” McPhee said.

“The recognition that the North should be properly provided with these vaccines is the message that we are continuing to take to the federal government.”

She said she did not know how many doses will arrive. After they’re here, she added, medical practitioners will have to be trained on administering them.

“It will be available to Yukoners as soon as we have it,” she said.

A reporter informed her a Public Health Agency of Canada website detailing the deliveries of the Moderna Spikevax bivalent across Canada reports 900 doses have already been distributed to the Yukon.

Asked about the discrepancy, McPhee said her remarks about the vaccine not yet being in the territory were based on the latest information she had been with provided with.

“We expect that we will have our share of them, but we are continuing to seek higher numbers,” she said.

“We did expect them a bit sooner than now, but we continue on a daily basis to be in touch to say that we need those as soon as possible so that individuals can have access to them.”

On other issues, McPhee said it’s been “a tremendous challenge” to keep the education system functioning since most schools reopened on Aug. 22.

The Department of Education’s goal is to keep them open during the full run of the pandemic, she said.

“The need to catch up will be important to children at a transitional point in their education,” she said. “We expect the public health situation to continue evolving.”

Each school’s circumstances vis-à-vis COVID-19 will be examined individually, she added.

“The Department of Education is committed to keeping schools open and safe for kids.”

The government expects pending recommendations from Ranade’s office will shift from coping with the acute stage of the pandemic to supporting Yukoners during the subsequent time period, she said.

“Staying up to date on vaccines and getting boosted as soon as you are eligible is your best protection against COVID 19 and the serious outcomes, such as hospitalization or even death from the virus,” she said.

Citing “mild respiratory symptoms” himself, Ranade participated in Thursday’s event remotely. He said he “concurs with everything” McPhee said about safeguarding school students and staff.

“Even in non-COVID times, the beginning of school in the fall was always a time when respiratory viruses in particular would start to circulate in that community,” he said.

“We will probably see more and more strains of COVID included in vaccines,” he later told reporters.

“All of the vaccines give relatively good protection from severe outcomes from the virus.”

McPhee was asked if she believes the COVID emergency is over.

“We can’t say the pandemic is over anywhere,” she said. “We know of people who are coming down with COVID-19, and it is moving through the communities.

“We are not treating COVID-19 as being over. We continue to live with COVID-19. We hope that things won’t change for the worst.

“Vaccines are safe and effective and help strengthen our children’s protection against the virus,” the minister stressed.

Ranade said about 55 per cent of Yukoners have received three doses.

While the pandemic isn’t over, he said, it’s constantly evolving due to the creations of the various vaccines and the discoveries of more variants.

The top doctor said it’s also crucial to maintain awareness of the necessity of maintaining childhood immunizations, such as mumps, tetanus, diphtheria and measles.

COVID-19 has claimed 31 lives in the Yukon.

The territory’s official case numbers of eight on Wednesday and seven on Thursday have maintained the low numbers not seen since April 2020. There was also one new case on each of those days.

Whitehorse recorded three active cases both Wednesday and Thursday, while Watson Lake had one on each of those days.

Dawson City fell from two on Wednesday to one on Thursday, and Carmacks recorded a new one yesterday.

The seven-day positivity rate for Wednesday stood at 16.4 per cent and 16.7 per cent for Thursday.

A significant change occurred in the Whitehorse General Hospital rating on Thursday when it went to green from the yellow status it had held over the past three months.

Its intensive care unit and the Watson Lake and Dawson City hospitals were all at green on Thursday.

No new fatalities and no new hospitalizations have occurred since Monday.

Comments (15)

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Josey Wales on Sep 22, 2022 at 12:21 pm

In the context of political theatre, which Kung Flu most certainly is.
Anyone out here wonder how Mary is able to sign BOTH our official languages in one person?
Right hand English, left French or vis versa...or what?

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Roy on Sep 21, 2022 at 9:41 pm



So maybe “do your own research” but don’t count every source as equally valid mmkay?
And remember the Yukon Party and PP are all vaccinated and none of them at all are talking about some hidden pandemic of adverse vax events…

So by your “logic” they must be in on the coverup as well yeah? Jason Kenny said to get vaccinated. Trump said he recommended everyone get it - he tried to even take credit for it being developed on his watch.

Who can we trust if we can’t trust Jason Kenny and Currie Dixon and PP who are all part of this coverup?
Go ahead and answer if you have the courage to.
Or press thumbs down if it’s too much to have to face.

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DL on Sep 21, 2022 at 3:40 pm


September 6, 2022


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Rick S on Sep 21, 2022 at 3:16 pm

The 9th mouse in the clinical trial will be getting his shot soon, then we can have our chance. I'm so excited!

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Roy on Sep 20, 2022 at 12:35 pm

@North of 60

The key part of what you quoted is "need to be re-evaluated for relevance in this phase of SARS-CoV-2"

"In this phase" of the pandemic, like all phases of the pandemic, - yes all of this needs to be constantly re-evaluated going forward.

But why do I feel like a lot of the fringe would read this and say "yeah see?! I was right all along. For 2.5 years I've been saying all of this!"

It's this constant re-evaluation that has led to provinces and territories no longer having restrictive border policies for example. Masks are now optional in a lot of places. This is what they said would happen.

It was already happening before a small but vocal minority of bored unremarkable people started driving around waving flags and honking horns as a weekend hobby LOL

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North_of_60 on Sep 19, 2022 at 3:24 pm

According to a report dated June 2022 and purportedly commissioned by a Liberal MP, the COVID vaccine posed a risk and made “little difference” in keeping people from getting the virus, or staying out of the hospital.

“Given the statistical evidence provided in this report, the public health policy tools such as mass vaccination campaigns, mandates, passports and travel restrictions need to be re-evaluated for relevance in this phase of SARS-CoV-2. The abundance of evidence documented by Public Health Ontario (PHO), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and top-tier scientific journals demonstrates that the vaccines do not prevent infection or hospitalization. The Ontario data show that vaccination currently makes little difference in terms of hospitalization and death rates for those below age 60. Additionally, since there are known risks of adverse events and unknown long-term effects, these must be considered in developing vaccine policies.”

“The empirical evidence investigated in this report from PHO and PHAC does not support continuing mass vaccination programs, mandates, passports and travel bans for all age groups. Rather, it may be prudent to utilize a more targeted and cost-effective approach focused on vaccinating the high-risk group, while factoring in an individual’s potential risk of vaccine-related adverse events.”


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Barbara on Sep 19, 2022 at 10:57 am

Look at the overall death counts pre-Covid, Covid sans vaccine & post-Covid. It’s all the information you need.

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Dorothy Lebel on Sep 19, 2022 at 12:05 am

Once again, not a word about the risks of this covid injection. This is a repeated violation of the “informed consent” principle. Which means that naïve folks going to a clinic for a covid injection just don’t have the information to be truly consenting to this.

Censorship reigns on this issue. See the following video where Dr. John Campbell has to carefully check his words when presenting data, out of concern his youtube channel will be banned.

“Record excess deaths in Europe”

Note that the great majority of these ‘excess deaths’ in 2022 are non-covid deaths.

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Don't want a vaccine? Don't get it on Sep 18, 2022 at 9:17 am

The comments here are so out-of-touch. At this stage of the game, those who want to get a booster, will. And those that don't, won't. Such a need to 'share' opinions and advice (and false news stories), ugh.

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@North of 60 - repeat on Sep 18, 2022 at 9:14 am

Once again, Denmark has NOT 'banned' vaccinations (in spite of what your sketchy news sources say). Vaccination clinics have been halted for children, but vaccines are still available to children upon request. Source https://apnews.com/article/fact-check-Denmark-vaccine-children-439807145775 and a dozen others. And "The Danish Health Authority still recommends that people who are completely unvaccinated still receive primary vaccination"

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North_of_60 on Sep 17, 2022 at 6:06 pm

Real world data from Europe show "The country with the lowest vaccination rate has the lowest excess mortality rate and the country with the highest vaccination rate has the highest excess mortality."


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North_of_60 on Sep 16, 2022 at 5:55 pm

Denmark has announced that going forward, Danes under 50 will only be inoculated if they are at high risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19.
Denmark had already announced previously that all those under the age of 18 would no longer be given COVID jabs.
This just goes to show that now even the Nordic countries are implementing what most of us already know, that the vaccine is mostly useless and that healthy people do not need two shots or endless boosters every six months.
Meanwhile, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization of Canada has announced that it may recommend a vaccine every six months in Canada.
When will this end?

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 16, 2022 at 5:37 pm

The people that are scared of Covid, are always going to be scared...They need those vaccines to feel safe. Personally.. I am floating around on this issue. There really isn't enough confirmed evidence that the vaccines are harmful, but, conversely there isn't enough firm evidence to confirm conclusively that they are helpful. Only time and continued data is going to provide the evidence for either way.
I have decided not to get the 4th shot, or the shot every 90 days based on the confirmed evidence; I don't like needles. https://torontosun.com/news/national/naci-now-suggests-canadians-consider-a-covid-19-booster-every-90-days. I am now reluctant to get the annual flu shot, I am concerned that this Government, who controls health, will slip something besides flu into that shot..like another booster for covid.

Tracy McPhee is nothing but a blot on the escutcheon of Yukon politics. Why the h*l* is she still around running her mouth about issues she knows nothing about. She appears to be fairly well educated, but not in health or immunology. I'd rather hear this, or anything medical from people that know. She's just really a 3rd party commentary.

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Oh, Matthew on Sep 16, 2022 at 5:29 pm

In order to have natural immunity, you have to GET the virus, and recover (which not everyone does). You're partly right though, in that natural immunity PLUS vaccinations seems to be the best way to prevent severe illness. But both wear off over time. As for going on and on ... I'm sure you will lol

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Matthew on Sep 16, 2022 at 3:32 pm

Huh!? Take a look around folks, news EVERYDAY coming out how natural immunity is better, how the mRNA gives young males heart problems, the UK have stopped pushing Covid vaccine on kids and the side affects far outweigh the virus its self. I could go on and on.

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