Coronavirus update: Why important antiviral treatments for COVID-19 are not being distributed in Canada

Good evening, here are the COVID-19 updates you need to know tonight.

Main titles:

  1. Paxlovid, an oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19, is now available in Canada, but several factors are preventing it from reaching those who need it most.
  2. If you feel ready to head back to town after a while, be prepared – prices have gone up. A lot.
  3. In my opinion: There is a lot of talk about how to make COVID-19 rampant. There are far fewer conversations around who will be responsible for caregiving in this scenario.

There was 280 deaths announced, until 4 percent during the same period. At least 4,793 people are treated in hospitals. The inoculation rate in Canada is 15th among countries with a population of one million or more.

Sources: Canada data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins and the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Task Force; international data is from Johns Hopkins University.


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Diners fill seats at a restaurant on Queen Street West in Toronto on April 1. As people resume their pre-pandemic activities, they find that prices have gone up.Galit Rodan/The Globe and Mail


Coronavirus in Canada


As provinces and territories abandoned health protections, one of the reasons given was the availability of COVID-19 antiviral drugs like Paxlovid. But it seems that the treatment is used sparingly, if at all, due to several factors.

  • Narrow criteria for determining who can receive the drug and an often complex process for requesting and obtaining a prescription mean that more than 90% of oral antiviral treatment remains unused as a sixth wave sweeps the country.
  • “I would say it’s critical at this point to increase access for the public,” said Jen Belcher, vice-president of strategic initiatives and member relations at the Ontario Pharmacists Association, to health reporter Carly Weeks.

Health: Health professionals are warning of another concern on the horizon, as STI rates have risen dramatically across the country during the pandemic. Syphilis is increasing aggressively across much of the country, while in Newfoundland and Labrador more cases of gonorrhea were reported in the first three months of this year than in all of 2019 .


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If spring and the lifting of health restrictions make you want to visit the city for the first time in about two years, just make sure you’re ready for the price.

  • As Erica Alini writes, in a wide variety of industries — from restaurants to music venues — prices are significantly higher than they were in 2020, and consumers are in shock.
  • Some are taking these cost increases lightly, pointing out how much they’ve saved by not going out in the past two years, while others continue the pandemic trend to rethink how they spend their time, and yes, their money. .

Also today : Sales of recreational cannabis have exploded in Canada during the pandemic. From March 2020 to February 2021, sales totaled $2.5 billion, double the $1.25 billion in the previous 12 months.

And: Businesses across Canada are struggling to cope with an apparent sixth wave of COVID-19 as staffing shortages hamper sectors from healthcare to hospitality and manufacturing.


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Sources: Canada data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins University and the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Task Force; international data is from Johns Hopkins.

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