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Vaccine can be anticipated next year: top doctor

Yukoners can expect a COVID-19 vaccination sometime in 2021, according to the territory’s chief medical officer.

By Gabrielle Plonka on November 17, 2020

Yukoners can expect a COVID-19 vaccination sometime in 2021, according to the territory’s chief medical officer.

“One thing we can be sure of is there will be enough vaccine for anyone who wants or needs it,” Dr. Brendan Hanley said this morning.

The exact details of when and how the vaccine will become available are still unknown, Hanley said during his weekly COVID-19 briefing.

Two drug development corporations – Moderna and Pfizer Inc. – have recently announced promising preliminary vaccine results.

On Monday, Moderna called its vaccine 94.5 per cent effective in preliminary studies, with Pfizer announcing similar results last week.

The federal government has reserved 56 million doses from Moderna and 20 million from Pfizer, with the option of purchasing more.

Premier Sandy Silver said this morning he is working with the federal government on bringing those vaccine doses to the Yukon.

Identifying storage space for the vaccine, the number of required doses, staff requirements and distribution plans are all part of the conversation, Silver explained.

The vaccine rollout will be informed by the Yukon’s flu shot distribution strategy.

The vaccine quantities allocated per province and territory won’t be established until trials are completed.

“The effectiveness based upon those trials will determine a lot of the distribution as well,” Silver said.

“For example, the latest trial for the Moderna vaccine has been done for elderly patients as well, and it seems they are starting to see who it’s most effective for.”

The Yukon can expect a phased relaxation of restrictions once a vaccine is available, Hanley said. His office is still working to “fill in the blanks” of the territory’s reopening plan.

“It won’t be overnight; it’s going to be a gradual accumulation of immunity in the population that will allow us to then consider that gradual return to normal,” Hanley said.

In the meantime, Hanley warned that Yukoners need to stay vigilant with the safe six and “lay low” after travel to B.C.

Last week, Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s chief medical officer, placed a public health order limiting travel to essential only in the Lower Mainland. Hanley urged Yukoners planning a trip to the Lower Mainland this month to reconsider their plans.

“That’s why I strongly caution travellers to lay low and, while in B.C., to follow all those rules laid out – no one wants to be the one who brings it (COVID-19) home,” Hanley said.

The chief medical officer said there still aren’t plans to close the border to B.C., though case numbers in the province are rising.

He noted that travel from the province has decreased substantially, limiting importation risk.

“If we look around the country … even places with the strictest border requirements we are seeing cases come up and spread,” Hanley said.

“I want to try to de-link a little bit of that association with just looking at the borders and not looking at how we prevent spread.”

Preventing spread through the safe six will have a more significant impact on protecting the Yukon than closing the border would, he added.

“The critical thing is what we do to prevent transmission, how we prevent cases from becoming outbreaks …. It really all comes back to us,” Hanley said.

Comments (18)

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Anie on Nov 23, 2020 at 1:25 pm

Dear you might want to crack a book: If you could restate your position respectfully, without the insults, then maybe we can discuss. But I have little interest in engaging in childish argument

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Check your facts please! on Nov 22, 2020 at 4:09 pm

Matthew, please check your facts before posting completely unfactual information. The two leading vaccines discussed in this article don’t make use of any live viruses or attenuated viruses. They use a laboratory engineered mRNA (messenger RNA) designed to “fool” the body’s immune system into creating antibodies to attack the presence of spikes on the exterior of the virus by causing your body to create harmless particles of similar spikes and then being fooled into manufacturing antibodies that end up attacking real Covid-19 coronavirus particles which use those same style of spikes to attach themselves to cells in your body and start replicating. So there is no actual virus used in the manufacture of these two vaccines and therefore zero chance of infection.
This is a completely different methodology, for example, than the polio vaccines that use an attenuated (killed or weakened) virus to create the immune response. So far, in the thousands of volunteers who have participated in these studies, the side effects have been non serious and easily dealt with. It’s important that the general population of Canada and the Yukon Territory make their decisions on correct information. As for the CMOH and leading local politicians publicly receiving their vaccinations, I expect your wish will be granted.

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Jim on Nov 22, 2020 at 3:29 pm

So the same vaccines will most likely be rolling out before January in the U.S. while Canada sits on the sidelines till at least after March and full roll out not till the latter part of 2021. The U.S. also just released the medication that was used on the president for positive cases isolating at home in the high risk group. Our federal government can’t seem to put a proper plan forward on how to deal with this. Similar to their waffling on rapid Covid testing and the Chinese 5G technology that all our security partners have banned some time ago. With all the push back with the stricter lock downs now, do they even think they will be able to enforce a 3rd wave lock down? Maybe rushing to solve the pandemic doesn’t fit into Trudeau’s big reset plan. There you go, another conspiracy?

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Juniper Jackson on Nov 22, 2020 at 2:05 pm

Nothing has harmed the once stellar reputation of the medical profession than Covid.. Really, you can not believe a word coming out of a medical face..I have followed the mask thing from day one, way back in January when Tax and WHO said masks won't help, closing borders won't help. Masks didn't help 900,000 Chinese..but maybe it make them feel all safe and cozy. That's what it's doing for Canadian's, not to mention huge money.. Most makers are using plastic ties..Trudeau is banning plastics... Also, beware of your kids and friends you trust.. you go without a mask they will turn you in for a dime and you will pay..what will the be fee be? $700 in BC. The police raided Thanksgiving dinner parties.. neighbors turned them in.. too many cars.. I sure don't like much of the fall out from this covid pandemic exercise. I wonder what the final report will read.

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Just Observin on Nov 20, 2020 at 7:42 pm

Just Sayin’ - I would rethink my statement if I were you. Medical error is the 3rd leading cause of death for Canadians.
Inside Canada's secret world of medical error: 'There is a lot of lying, there’s a lot of cover-up'

Most instances of the Canadian health-care system hurting rather than healing patients are not even reported by staff internally, a Post investigation has found.
Author of the article: Tom Blackwell

It is because of people like you who operate on blind faith in the system that we are not able to discover the full extent of the lie. It is more probable than not if we had a reliable reporting scheme and more checks and balances built into the medical system it would easily be the number 1 killer of Canadians... We know about 28,000 unintended assisted suicides... So... I’m not so certain that McPhie is any less credible... But we can be relatively, more certain, that McPhie has not killed anyone.

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You might wanna crack a book or two... on Nov 20, 2020 at 4:39 pm

Dear Anie -

You clearly lack an understanding of how conspiracies work. They do not require a mass of co-conspirators but rather the coordinated efforts of a few who control things like government or the medical profession to set the ideological parameters within which a group of unwitting individuals ( useful idiots ) reinforces the direction of the ideologues through lack of challenge, passive acceptance, or blindness intentional and otherwise.

A conspiracy is simply the confluence of will and emergent opportunity. However, because people tend to dismiss others as conspiracy loonies possessed by some mental illness the ability to perceive accurately is distorted through the cowardice of a self induced blindness.

Try some facts or some counterfactuals at a minimum. Discuss ideas don’t dismiss them - Otherwise you become a less than useful idiot.

Just to point out to you Anie - The medical profession started as a conspiracy theory and it sought to overthrow the prevailing systems of control of the time. Currently, the medical system notwithstanding its favour is known for its paternalism, sexist and otherwise. This is held in wide knowledge and is often the basis for criticism of the medical profession.

The conspiracy should be rather obvious FFS! But hey, we do live in intellectually blunt times... Pick up a book and read some history with a critical lens and you will begin to see what is meant by, an epiphany.

All hail the Idiocracy... Long live the Idiocracy... FFS! SMH!

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Anie on Nov 19, 2020 at 2:07 pm

Fred Norris - I doubt if any of the other 12 provincial/territorial chief medical officers have talked about healthy living in their Covid updates either, or Dr, Tam, because they are understandably focussed on the immediate issue of Covid, not long term health issues. Your conspiracy theory is, in my opinion, rather weak. One of the huge downsides of the isolation caused by the pandemic is a worrying increase in unsubstantiated conspiracy theories. Think about it - all those medical students secretly planning, all those years ago, a worldwide pandemic hoax. And they all kept it a secret.

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Just Sayin' on Nov 19, 2020 at 7:51 am

Rob Mcphie,

I'd take his word over yours.

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Oya on Nov 18, 2020 at 6:38 pm

Focus efforts on protecting the vulnerable. Let everyone else live their lives as they want to. Let businesses do what they do.
Focus efforts on the vulnerable - including and maybe especially - health care workers.

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Fred Norris on Nov 18, 2020 at 5:42 pm

It’s important to note that Brendan Hanley was educated at the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg school of public health, (heavily subsidized by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation) which is responsible for 2001’s Operation Dark Winter and the Event 201 simulations,
Go back and read the transcripts of Hanley’s covid updates, or watch them if you can bear it. Not a single mention of proper nutrition, exercise, or vitamin supplementation. Nothing about healthy lifestyle choices.
It’s all vaccine and lockdown, lockdown and vaccine, over and over again.
Just like the simulations.
You’ve done Bill and Melinda proud, Hanley
Now roll up your sleeves, everyone......

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JC on Nov 18, 2020 at 3:36 pm

So, if everybody gets it and I don't, why then, would I need to get it since everybody else is immune and nobody is left to give it to me?

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JC on Nov 18, 2020 at 3:33 pm

76 million doses for a population of 37 million. What is boy JT thinking of doing with the 40 million doses that's left? Donating them to China perhaps like he did with our face masks and ventilators? With him and the Libs you never know.

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Matthew on Nov 18, 2020 at 5:53 am

I'd like to see Hanley and family get it on live TV. Then I'd like to see Silver and family get it on live TV. Then I'd like to see Bagnell and family get it on live TV. I still won't get it as your health is in YOUR hands. NOT the ignorant governments. Why even get a vaccine when the survival rate of the virus is over 99%... in fact, the vaccine actually injects a LIVE version of the virus. Not to mention who know what else is in there cause most people don't actually read the ingredients with the food they eat let alone what they're willing to inject into their bodies...

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Sheepchaser on Nov 17, 2020 at 9:33 pm

As long as it’s voluntary!

I’ll sign up for 2022. Let them work the kinks out first. This break from daily exposure to wider humanity has actually been kinda great. In no rush to expand our bubble, but thanks anyway.

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Frag-Mentalist on Nov 17, 2020 at 4:39 pm

The greatest single factor that ‘we’ can implement that will absolutely reduce the transmission rate of COVID is vote the Liberals out of office... Covid gone... Economy back...

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Yukoner ‘71 on Nov 17, 2020 at 4:05 pm

Hanley sounds like he’s using the same MO that Theresa Tam does, namely read the international headlines to find out what’s going on and then have a press conference to announce it. Usually they’re both at least several days behind the times when they parrot something although sometimes Tam is lagging a week or more back.

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Max Mack on Nov 17, 2020 at 1:29 pm

Planning a vaccination strategy based on a marketing announcement by the very vaccine manufacturers who have been guaranteed pots of money in subsidies, research dollars, pre-sales, fast-tracked safety trials, and immunity from liability. Wow. No incentive to cheat there whatsoever.

Of course, we could go with natural herd immunity. But, then the powerful forces behind the vaccination movement are determined not to let that happen. Apparently, Dr. Hanley has bought into their narrative.

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Rob McPhie on Nov 17, 2020 at 1:10 pm

Hard to believe anything this guy says.

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