Ont. shortens AstraZeneca dose interval, Canada to donate 100M C-19 vaccines & How Canada’s history of hate set the stage for London attack

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The Ontario government is shortening the amount of time residents who received an initial dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine should wait before getting their follow-up shot.

The government had previously said AstraZeneca recipients should wait 12 weeks before getting a second shot, despite shortening the interval for all other vaccines.

But it amended the guidance on June 12, joining other provinces in reducing the wait time to eight weeks.

The province now says those who received a first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine should seek their second shot between eight and 12 weeks later, noting those residents can safely use any of the currently approved vaccines for their second dose.

ALSO: Canada set to receive 9.5M COVID-19 vaccine doses this week due to Moderna influx.

GUEST: Dr. Brian D. Lichty, Associate Professor in Pathology and Molecular Medicine with the McMaster Immunology Research Centre

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Canada is set to share 100 million COVID-19 vaccines with the world, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.

Speaking at a press conference at the end of the G7 leader’s summit in England on Sunday, Trudeau said Canada will provide funding to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, to help 87 million doses be provided to developing countries.

Trudeau said “in addition,” the country is donating 13 million doses procured by Canada to other countries through the global vaccine-sharing initiative COVAX.

Of those shots, 1.3 million doses will be Johnson&Johnson vaccines, while another 4.1 will be the vaccines manufactured by Oxford-AstraZeneca. All will be bought via COVAX.

The remaining 7.3 million doses will be Novovax shots.

GUEST: John Kirton, Director of the G7 Research Group with the University of Toronto

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Jeff Bennett, former London Progressive Conservative candidate says Canada’s major problem, is “lack of exposure, lack of empathy, and lack of understanding about what other people’s lived experience might be. And it’s because 80 per cent of people who are in position of leadership in this country come from not very diverse backgrounds.”

On Wednesday, at nearby Strathroy District Collegiate Institute, an electronic sign read: “215 Lives Lost, Every Child Matters.” Its flags were at half-mast.

It was an acknowledgment of another part of Canada’s history of racism, brought once again to the fore with the discovery of the remains of 215 children in an unmarked grave in British Columbia, on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

In the wake Sunday’s attack in London, there has been a refrain of “this is not who we are” — this is not London, this is not Ontario, this is not Canada.

“I think we need to recognize that we have a culture of denialism and avoidance,” said Dr. Javeed Sukhera. “And the human cost of it is too great to continue.”

GUEST: Dr. David Hofmann, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick

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