New research from around the world has raised new concerns about COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada decreasing protection against infection from the highly infectious delta variant over time, prompting some countries to push for booster shots.
The decisions based on the research are not definitive, and CBC News spoke to several Canadian and international experts who expressed doubts about the controversial decision to widely distribute third doses before more data is available and while much of the world remains unvaccinated.
“We’re planning to hand out extra life-jackets to people who already have life-jackets, while we’re leaving other people to drown without a single life-jacket,” Dr. Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s top emergencies expert, said during a news conference Wednesday.
Quebec soon approve Covid 19 vaccination for 11-year-olds
As the schools of Quebec are just about to open, it is considering allowing 11-year-olds who will be 12 shortly to be vaccinated against COVID-19, similar to what several other provinces have done.
In Canada, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is only available to children under the age of 12, whereas the other vaccinations are only available to adults.
The governments of Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba have agreed to vaccinate children who will turn 12 by the end of the year.
Quebec’s health minister, Christian Dubé, said he had sought the advice of public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda on the related matter.
“I think that’s smart, what they’ve done,” said Dubé. “There is a good chance that this is the right thing to do, but I just want to make sure.”