What can Canada learn from the US and UK about COVID-19 vaccines and reopening

For a few brief weeks in February and March, Nancy Oloy was the envy of her friends in Canada.

The 30-year-old, who emigrated from Toronto to London in 2017, has been living in the UK under tight locks. He was only allowed to leave the house to get groceries and essentials or to exercise for 30 minutes a day. But his friends in Toronto and family in Ottawa and Guinea, Que were going to the shops and eating out on the patio outside the restaurants.

“I remember being incredibly jealous, but at the same time asking ‘What are you doing?’ I thought to myself, “Oloy told the CBC.

Now, she has a social life.

After three national locks and a brutal second wave, England may be on the edge of normalcy. Its approach to managing the epidemic may still fight some parts of Canada and teach lessons contrary to the United States – it has vaccinated millions like the UK, but reports tens of thousands of new Govt-19 cases every day in some enduring hotspots.

Nancy Oloy, left, and friend Candice Soldiers shop in London late last month. (Candus Psalters / Instagram)

Olay, who heads the NKL Marketing, an influential marketing company, has spent the past few weekends in the gym and shopping with friends in the Soho neighborhood of London. She and her husband come to the other house at a time.

“It simply came to our notice then that things were getting out of hand,” he said [for] My family, it’s moving backwards. “

On June 21, restaurants, pubs, cinemas and theaters in the UK are expected to reopen indoors without physical distance or capacity limitations, but there are some requirements surrounding the masks.

“Everyone calls June 21st Independence Day or Reopening Day,” Oloi said, “and they make fun of it.”

There are restrictions Slowly lifted In the UK for the past two months. The children returned to school on March 8. On March 29, the stay order was revoked almost three months later. On April 12, essential retail, gyms, salons, libraries and community centers reopened.

Olay and her husband have not yet been vaccinated – she said they are “impatiently waiting” to qualify for 30-some things, which should happen this month – but Two-thirds of the UK has adults At least received their first dose.

The other side of the pond

Compare that picture with the United States In both countries, the number of daily COVID-19 cases has dropped dramatically as millions of people have been vaccinated.

But the individual case rate in the United States is four times higher than in the UK, and there are hotspots like Michigan, which has a seven-day case rate in the country – 218 cases per 100,000 people.

Unlike the UK, vaccination in Michigan is not subject to strict public health restrictions, which is a matter of debate.

Katie Pontifex, a nurse at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mitch, said, “I do not know how much control we can even call restrictions.” We have limitations. “

Indoor dining has been open in Michigan since February 2, with capacity limits being increased in March, and entertainment venues such as movie theaters have been open since December 21 with mask requirements.

Nurse Katie Pontefex fits into a change at Sparrow Hospital in Mitch, Lansing. (Katie Pontefex)

Pontifex, who sits on the board of directors of the Michigan Nurses Association, said he and his colleagues prefer stricter rules despite being tough for several weeks. There was an upsurge in COVID-19 patients at his hospital in March and it is now starting to come down.

“Bring the state back under control, and then vaccinate at the same time. And we can get the other side of this,” Pontifex said.

But new restrictions were never announced. Last month the government was denied by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Gretchen Whitmer, who asked for additional vaccines to combat the uprising.

“There is no need to vaccinate because we know there will be a delayed response to the vaccine,” said the CDC director. Dr. Rochelle Valensky said.

“The answer is to really shut things down.”

Pontifex said he and his colleagues had burned out since the fall, having experienced the previous COVID-19 uprising, and some are now guessing their career path a second time.

“On the one hand, we can count on the number of patients who have been successfully discharged from the ventilator in the past year,” he said. “So it’s very emotionally trying.”

Jennifer Nusso, a leading epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University’s Govt-19 Testing Insights initiative, said Whitmer had his “hands tied by the legislature and the Michigan Supreme Court.” Limited her power to issue emergency orders In October, an apparent culprit for the uprising.

On August 14, 2020, Michigan State Gretchen Witmer addressed a speech in Lansing, Michigan. The state had strict public health restrictions during its first COVID-19 outbreak last spring. (Governor’s Michigan Office / Associated Press)

“They have been very aggressive in the past in using controls for proliferation,” Nuso said, citing restrictions imposed by the government in March and April 2020.

“But those things are pause buttons. When you press the game again, you can expect the virus to flare up again if you do not do something else.”

The latest wave of epidemics in Michigan could serve as a warning to Canadian jurisdictions such as Ontario, where officials are murmuring. Whether to terminate the order to stay at home May 20 or extend it.

In general, Nuso says some states that still see increasing cases, such as Louisiana and Wyoming, have not made much progress with vaccines. The game has a mix of factors, including a lack of access to vaccines and sometimes reluctance.

“Until very recently, it was very difficult to get vaccinated,” Nuso told CBC News. “You have to be really determined to do this. You had to decide that this was the most important thing you were going to do in your life …. not everyone felt that way.”

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He gave the example of a health center in San Francisco, which initially sent text messages delivering vaccines, and found a low volume. When they tried phone calls instead, more and more people booked appointments.

It’s easy to put off a text message, Nuso said. People worked better when someone at the front of the meeting immediately booked the meeting and answered their questions.

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Considering the importance of vaccinating as many people as possible, Nuso said he would like Saskatchewan’s approach, which developed High reopening in vaccination.

“I like to paint vaccines as a gateway to freedom, that’s what they are.”

5 week wait

Omar Khan, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Toronto, said Canada could take another important course from the UK.

The secret to England’s success is not only its rapid vaccination campaign, which has been kicked out before any other Western country, but a five – week waiting period between re – opening stages, he said.

“It’s really smart,” Khan said.

Those five weeks not only allow more people to be vaccinated, but also allow their bodies to develop “optimal” immunity.

“Once you cross the one-month mark, your disease rate drops,” he said. “It’s incredible.”

Sophia Harrison

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I'm Sophia Harrison working as a part-time staff at the Costco since the past year until I become as an author at the iron blade, hope I can use my experiences with the supermarkets here.

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