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  1. A couple of quotes concerning the time lines in delivery dates ordered by each country from December 15. Note that enough supply for vaccinating all Canadians was not until September 2021. First the Canadian. They had some orders but not fast required delivery dates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself has floated September 2021 as a date when a "majority" of Canadians might be inoculated. Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief public health officer, has offered a different estimate, saying that the end of December 2021 would be more likely. PHAC now says it bel
  2. Keep in mind that the US had already locked up those orders. If you look at the Pfizer announcements from those days they were shipping product to the the countries based upon the committed orders. That included from US plants, EU plants and Asian plants. Other countries that placed early orders were able to get product. They had placed orders in the 50-100 million doses range from each of the vaccine manufacturers. At that time that was most of the US manufacturing capability. Though a lot was being spent to increase capacity. There were also some delays
  3. The US has not allowed mixed doses. Canada and to some degree the EU put their bets on AZ and did not place early orders on Pfizer and Moderna (even though Pfizer has substantial EU manufacturing capability). AZ indicated that they could ramp up quickly and produce rather large amounts. Then in the early days AZ ran into some delays in delivery and the EU threatened breach of contract and threatened to lock exports from AZ plants in the EU. Do not know if they ever did that, but those delays did have an impact on Canadian deliveries. Not sure how much Canada ordered
  4. Two things the production in the US was 300 million doses according to your article. Since it said that the US exported 1% about 3 million doses. That 300 million enough for about half of the US population and is still mostly initial orders. When it comes to US vaccine manufacturing much of the US vaccine is manufactured outside of the US. Which shipped a large amount of Pfizer and other vaccines to other countries based upon when they placed orders. Canada and largely the EU at the start hitched their wagon to AZ (the tested technology) and did not place early orde
  5. Not so. Pfizer and Moderna exported vaccines to many countries. The problem is that Canada did not place any orders from them early on. As a result by the time they placed orders they were well down the delivery schedule, behind the orders the US and several other countries had already placed.
  6. Keep in mind, that even if it has reduced efficacy the J&J vaccine is still authorized by WHO and the FDA so no problem with it being accepted. The study that showed it is have reduced efficacy was a very small lab study with some other issues. Other studies have shown it to have good efficacy. In the US if a doctor were to decide that it was in the best interest of his patients to received a Pfizer booster they could do so at any time, since the Pfizer vaccine is authorized in the US. It would be done off label, the individual might have to pay for it, since their in
  7. I do believe the comment as soon as you can means exactly that. When you can which does mean when legally available. Which it might not be today, but well may be in time for the cruise. Also the UK has approved the Pfizer vaccine for those older than 12. The issue is that the authorities have limited the vaccine to those over 18 at this time. Once they have adequate supply and those older have been vaccinated that decision might change.
  8. A US citizen can drive from the US to Alaska by going through Canada, but currently you cannot drive into Canada with the goal of visiting Canada. If you are driving through to Alaska it is a straight drive through, no deviations, no sight seeing, basically stopping Gas, eat and sleep. Not supposed to interact with the local population. There were a number of stories in the early days when some used the exception to cross the border and then tried to sight see, etc. Major fines if caught. Ran into a couple in Alaska in a B class Van. She was a US citizen, he was f
  9. Except if the liquid contain nicotine, it will leave a film of it on surfaces that can be an issue. Do a search on 3rd hand exposure nicotine
  10. Actually it is rather unlikely that the FDA would approve a booster to J&J without the required Clinical trials proving the efficacy and safety of the booster. Pfizer is and has been running a number of trial of their booster, but have not seen any estimates on projection. In the US once a drug is authorized Doctors can perscribe a drug off label. So an individual doctor could decide to perscribe a booster using an existing authorized vaccine (but since it is off label they would face a potential law suite if it goes badly), before it has been tested.
  11. The rep may have given you the rules for Princess cruises leaving out of the UK, you need to make sure that they are giving you the rules for US cruises. As an additional complexity since the CSO currently is scheduled to end in November the cruise lines have not locked in rules for cruises after that date. To be certain you may want to try and get her vaccinated as soon as you can before the cruise because the potential is high that unvaccinated will not be able to sail on Princess out of the US in December.
  12. Not unusual. If they have reached the stage in the trial where they have the needed efficacy data, and the data is positive, it is normal to treat the placebo group if there is any risk posed by remaining untreated. In other words if they have the data they need it would be unethical not to treat the placebo group since they face risk from Covid.
  13. My whole point is there may not be a quick solution. Because a quick solution would require one or more parties to lower current standards. Either CDC to go outside the FDA and WHO lists, or WHO to add it to the list without the full set of data. Otherwise it will take time to get the data, assemble the submission and for WHO to review it. The AZ Pfizer could come faster depending exactly upon the status of the Pfizer trial. AZ is talking about a combination trial, but that has not even started so think is terms of several months for that data
  14. In the US yes. Some countries in the EU do not recognize it because the manufacturing plant has not been certified by the EMEA and the EU does not accept the WHO list, only those approved by EMEA, though some countries will accept WHO authorized where as if authorized by EMEA all EU countries accept it.
  15. I have read your posts including "I have been saying and continue to say that this can be resolved by high level conversations between Health Canada (since they approved mixed doses) and the other parties - WHO, FDA/CDC - to approve some type of way forward pretty quickly. A way that will not be new clinical studies. Too slow. " Based upon 1. Requiring the clinicals is too slow and 2. resolved by high level conversations. Would certainly seem to imply working around the existing set of standards if clinicals are in fact required. After all the current sta
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