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Canadian health officials provide update on COVID-19 vaccine rollout | LIVE

CA, 15 Apr 2021
Government of Canada officials are expected to provide an update Thursday, giving an overview of the ongoing rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.

During a House of Commons committee, Procurement Minister Anita Anand said she was in the midst of negotiating new vaccine contracts to nail down supplies of booster shots if they're needed next year.

On Wednesday, Health Canada chief medical adviser Dr. Supriya Sharma said that the agency had updated the label on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to warn people of the possible risk of very rare risk of blood clots, saying the change was to ensure "Canadians can be informed of the side effects."

Sharma advised that the vaccine was still safe despite the "stronger link" to potential blood clots. Sharma also stressed the benefits of getting the vaccine still outweighed the risks of getting COVID-19.


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