Canada facing shortage of baby formula for infants with food allergies. Here's what to do

WATCH: FDA chief says baby formula shortage to be addressed in the coming days

Health Canada says the country is facing a shortage of baby formula made for infants with food allergies and some medical conditions due to a safety-related closure of a large manufacturing plant in the United States that is affecting global supplies.

In a statement on Thursday, the agency said certain provinces were running low on supplies of extensively hydrolyzed infant formulas and amino acid-based formulas.

“Health Canada is monitoring the supply situation and is working with manufacturers to import this product where possible,” the statement said.

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Health Canada said it is working to provide parents with safe and healthy options. It has recommended that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) allow the importation and sale of products approved by foreign regulatory authorities until June 30.

The shortage comes after Abbott recalled in February several major brands and shut down its Sturgis, Mich., factory when federal officials concluded four babies suffered bacterial infections after consuming powdered infant formula from the facility. Two of the infants died.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has listed roughly 50 products of Similac, EleCare and Alimentum that are included in the Abbott recall. Twenty products are included in the recall that was issued by the CFIA on Feb. 17.

The head of the FDA told lawmakers Thursday that Abbott Nutrition’s Michigan formula plant, the largest in the U.S., could be up and running as soon as next week.

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Meanwhile, on Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to speed the production of infant formula and authorized flights to import supply from overseas.

In Canada, because different retailers use different supply chains, the impact can vary from one to another, Michelle Wasylyshen, national spokesperson for the Retail Council of Canada, previously told Global News.

Canadian retailer Loblaw said last week that it was experiencing “supply issues” for one brand of baby formula due to the recall.

“While this has left holes in our shelves, we do have a good supply of formula from our other vendors,” Loblaw told Global News.

Infant formula is used as a breast milk substitute to feed children less than a year old.

Amid the shortages, Health Canada is advising parents who are combining bottle-feeding and breastfeeding to maintain the breastmilk supply.

The agency says infant formula should not be created at home as it can put the baby’s health at risk.

It is also advising against the use of other substitutes such as cow’s milk, goat’s milk, evaporated milk, soy or rice beverages as “they are not nutritionally complete.”

Parents should avoid buying in bulk and not acquire the products from unknown sources, such as online groups or third parties, Health Canada says.

It recommends reserving specialty infant formulas for those infants with medical conditions.

Possible alternative products can be considered after consulting a health-care professional, the agency says.

— with files from The Associated Press

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Ford recalls nearly 3,000 SUVs in Canada due to fire risk

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Ford has issued three recalls of more than 350,000 vehicles in North America, including nearly 3,000 in Canada and 39,000 in the U.S. due to a risk the engines could catch fire.

Transport Canada said in a recall notice Thursday that some 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigators could catch fire in the engine department, even while parked with the ignition off.

Ford said in U.S. government documents posted Thursday that it doesn’t know what’s causing fires in some of the SUVs.

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The automaker has reports of 16 U.S. fires under the hood, 14 in rental company vehicles. One person was burned. It’s recommending that the SUVs be parked outdoors and away from buildings. So far it hasn’t developed a repair for the fires, which appear to start at the back of the engine compartment on the passenger side.

Of the 16 fires, 12 happened while the SUV engines were turned off, Ford said in a prepared statement. The company says it has no reports of fires extending to any buildings.

The number of fire incidents in Canada wasn’t immediately available.

Ford said it’s not instructing owners to stop driving the SUVs, although those who might not be able to follow the park outdoors instructions should contact their dealer or the company.

Ford said it’s treating the recall urgently and will use apps and mail to notify customers as soon as it develops a list of vehicle owners and addresses.

“We are working around the clock to determine the root cause of this issue and subsequent remedy so that customers can continue to enjoy using their vehicles,” Jeffrey Marentic, general manager of Ford passenger vehicles, said in a statement.

Ford began investigating fire reports on March 24. It said the fires appear to be limited to SUVs built from Dec. 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021. The company said it has no fire reports from vehicles built before or after those dates.

The automaker also is recalling about 310,000 heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. and nearly 25,000 in Canada because the driver’s airbag may not inflate in a crash.

The recall covers certain 2016 F-250, 350, 450 and 550 trucks. Dust can get into the airbag wiring in the steering wheel, disconnecting the electricity. Dealers will replace steering wheel wiring. Owners will be notified by mail starting July 5.

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And the company is recalling 464 electric Mustang Mach-E SUVs from 2021. There were no units subject to that recall in Canada. A software problem can cause unintended acceleration, deceleration or a loss of drive power in all-wheel-drive vehicles.

Ford said in documents posted Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the powertrain control computer may not detect a software error.

The problem will be fixed by dealers or by an online software update. Owners will be notified by letter around May 30.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Is a 'big tent' conservative party realistic in Alberta anymore?

WATCH (May 18): Everyday Albertans are reacting to Jason Kenney's decision to step down as UCP leader. Supporters say they were surprised despite years of UCP hiccups. Breanna Karstens-Smith reports.

In 2017, the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties in Alberta joined forces to form the United Conservative Party. That meant it included MLAs on a wider range of the political spectrum.

But back then, the economy was stronger and all Alberta conservatives had a common goal of defeating the NDP, explained Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt, and the divisions were more easily glossed over.

Now, the climate is a little different and those factions are much harder to ignore.

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It’s more than just having UCP members who are more progressive and ones who are more moderate, Bratt added.

“You also have an urban-rural split, you have a social conservative versus a fiscal conservative split, you have those who simply want to govern versus those who want to radically transform the province, and getting all those people all on one page is very difficult.

“Jason Kenney and others were able to merge the parties basically because the one thing that united them was opposition to Rachel Notley and the NDP.

“But then, when they formed government, those divisions emerged back again and were greatly exacerbated by COVID — but were not caused by COVID.”

Wednesday night, a leadership review vote found only 51.4 per cent of voting UCP members supported Jason Kenney as leader. Shortly after the results were shared, Kenney announced his intention to resign.

“The past two years were deeply divisive for our province, our party and our caucus,” he said Wednesday night. “But it is my fervent hope that in the months to come, we all move on past the division of COVID.”

“I’m not sure that that glue — hostility towards the NDP — is sufficient to keep this party together,” Bratt said. “It is not united.

“And I think this forthcoming leadership race will test that even more. If someone of the experience, work, ethic and competencies of a Jason Kenney couldn’t do this, who could?”

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So far, two former leaders of the Wildrose Party have signalled their intention run for the leadership: Danielle Smith and Brian Jean. Both spoke of unity in the wake of Kenney’s announcement.

“We need to unite this party,” Jean said on Thursday morning. “We need to renew it.

“You find those things that people want to agree on, that people see as being the pinnacle of what we need to do in order to move forward together. It’s called compromise.”

Smith said new faces in the leadership race would be “energizing,” but also said she wanted to “bring some folks back into the fold.” Smith said she’d like to see Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes throw their hats into the ring. Independent MLAs Loewen and Barnes were kicked out of UCP caucus one year ago after calling for Kenney’s resignation.

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“Part of the judgement of the grassroots yesterday was that as much as the premier had hoped that he had balanced lives and livelihoods during the course of COVID, there were many that felt he didn’t get that right balance,” she told reporters on Thursday.

“We need to stop dividing people along identity lines — vaxxed, unvaxxed — or any of the various identity politics that we’ve seen play out over the past few years. We are stronger untied. I think that also holds for our conservative movement.

“We’re facing a formidable Opposition in the legislature that’s unified and we cannot see a fracturing of the conservative movement along the lines of multiple different political movements,” Smith said.

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But Bratt says that’s exactly what’s happening.

“You’ve got the Buffalo Party, the Wildrose Independent… Drew Barnes is talking about a Rural Alberta Party — sort of a Wildrose 2.0.”

Once the UCP elects a new leader, the losing candidates have a choice to make, Bratt said.

“I think they pack up and they go home and they start another party or they join an existing party.

“If Kenney had survived, you would have seen this exodus occur much more quickly. Now I think there will be a holding pattern while we go through a leadership race.

“But once that race is over, and we see who the new UCP leader is, then I think that exodus starts anew. We just don’t know which direction it’s going to go. That depends on who wins the leadership,” Bratt said.

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Loewen said Kenney announcing he’d step down was just the first step of many and he hopes to see the UCP “keep going on the right track.”

He said Thursday afternoon he doesn’t know yet know if he’ll rejoin the UCP.

“There’s been a lot of politicians in Alberta who’ve been kind of riding the fence, being a little bit wishy washy. Constituents see that as weakness and they feel that they’re not being represented when their elected representatives don’t pick a side, pick a lane, and stick with it.”

Loewen isn’t ruling out a leadership run or joining a different conservative party.

“There are several parties on the right side of the political spectrum right now. If Jason Kenney does go, and there’s a change in direction in the UCP, I think those parties will have a hard time gaining any traction.

“This was step one. If that’s where it stops, I think we do risk having more parties start on the right side of the political spectrum and justifiably so if this party can’t seem to get it together.”

Barnes said Kenney stepping down allows “for a fresh start, both for the UCP and for the province.”

In a news release Thursday, he said he’d be prepared to rejoin the UCP caucus when a new interim leader is in place.

“With a new premier, the UCP can begin turning the page on the mistakes of the past three years and rededicate itself to unity through our shared principles,” Barnes said.

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Bratt pointed out Alberta used to have premiers who stayed in power for a long time — over a decade in several cases.

“But since the leadership review over Ralph Klein, it’s just been one after another.

“We also have a situation of conservative parties splintering and coming together and splintering again. Governing Conservatives provincially and federally is very difficult.”

And a splintering conservative party in Alberta only helps one person, he says.

“I think this helps Rachel Notley. I think Rachel Notley, if asked, would say she loves as many conservative parties as possible,” Bratt said.

“They got 40 per cent of the vote in 2015 but they also got a lot of key vote splits between Wildrose and PCs that allowed them to win seats particularly in Calgary and parts of rural Alberta.”

The Wildrose and PCs announced their plan to merge almost exactly five years ago — on May 18, 2017.

Alberta’s next provincial general election is scheduled to be held between March 1 and May 31, 2023.

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Manitoba announces further campground closures due to flooding

Overland flooding has forced the closures of even more Manitoba campgrounds for the May long weekend.

In a release Thursday afternoon, the province said campers looking to get away this weekend should carefully check and monitor conditions before heading to provincial parks.

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They said campgrounds at Manipogo and Rainbow Beach are now fully closed due to wet conditions and soft ground, although the picnic area and concession at Manipogo remain open.

In Whiteshell Provincial Park the Otter Falls, Betula Lake and White Lake campgrounds are also closed due to rising water levels on the Winnipeg and Whiteshell rivers.

The province says roads and highways throughout Whiteshell Provincial Park have multiple flooded areas and closed sections. Travel is not advised to cottages and trails in the Betula Lake area, they said.

Travel is also not advised in Duck Mountain and Nopiming provincial parks due to multiple road washouts.

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All campgrounds, canoe routes and backcountry campsites are closed in Duck Mountain, Nopiming and Manigotagan River provincial parks. Some trails in Beaudry, Turtle Mountain and Whiteshell provincial parks are also closed including the Mantario Trail.

Watercraft restrictions are also in place in Nopiming and Whiteshell provincial parks to help protect flooded shorelines from erosion.

The province says the following campgrounds have closures in place:
• Blue Lakes, Childs Lake, Singush Lake and Wellman Lake campgrounds in Duck Mountain Provincial Park are closed until at least May 27 due to road washouts.
• Bird Lake, Beresford Lake, Black Lake, Shoe Lake and Tulabi Falls campgrounds in Nopiming Provincial Park are closed until at least June 2 due to overland flooding and road washouts.
• Manipogo Provincial Park campground is closed until at least May 27 due to wet conditions and soft ground.
• Rainbow Beach Provincial Park campground is closed until at least May 27 due to wet conditions and soft ground.
• Nutimik Lake and Opapiskaw campgrounds in Whiteshell Provincial Park have partial closure of some sites until at least June 2 due to overland flooding.
• Betula Lake, Otter Falls and White Lake campgrounds in Whiteshell Provincial Park are closed until at least June 2 due to high water levels and flooding.
• St. Malo Provincial Park campground has a partial closure of some sites until at least June 2 due to overland flooding.
• Rivers Provincial Park campground has a partial closure of some sites in low-lying areas until at least June 2, due to overland flooding.
• Adam Lake Campground in Turtle Mountain Provincial Park has a partial closure of some sites in low-lying areas until at least May 27.
• Watchorn Provincial Park campground has a partial closure of sites in low-lying areas until at least May 27.
• Lake St. George Provincial Park campground is closed until further notice due to flooded access roads.

All other provincial park campgrounds will be open for the May long weekend, the province said Thursday.

Campers are advised to bring plenty of water as services like washrooms and drinking water may be limited at campgrounds that are able to open.

The province says campers should wait to be notified before making a cancellation themselves, as traditional cancellation policies will still apply unless notification is received.

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Spring showers bring May mosquitoes to Saskatchewan

Late snowfalls and two straight weeks of high moisture levels have created some pretty nice nesting grounds for mosquitoes in Saskatchewan.

“There is water in places now that hasn’t been wet for about five years of dry weather,” said Ryan Johnston, the supervisor of the pest control department for the City of Regina.

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The City of Regina has officially begun its yearly preventative control program in hopes of limiting the mosquitoes we see in the Queen City.

“It’s a big job right now,” said Johnston. “Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, and we have had a lot of rain the last few days.”

In order to kill the mosquito larvae, city crews apply an organic product called Vectobac directly to the bodies of water.

“These eggs have been dormant for some time,” said Johnston. “Eggs can be dormant up to 10, 15 years. Large rains, big spring floods will wash into areas and those eggs that have been sitting there are hatching now that have been waiting for years potentially.”

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Johnston said currently mosquitoes are not a problem, but very shortly they will be as even just a cup of water can breed hundreds of them.

“We’re not seeing a lot of numbers (of mosquitoes) right now, but in the next week or two, we are going to notice them.”

In total, Johnston said the budget for the pest control department is about $1.6 million per year. Roughly half of it is spent on mosquitoes.

In order to help prevent mosquitoes, the City of Regina is reminding people to remove any standing water from their yards and watch for it as the year goes on.

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Toronto woman shares encounter with dozens of ticks in her suburban backyard

A relaxing afternoon reclining in her backyard with her dogs should have been just that — relaxing. Little did Michelle Snider know, however, they were also entertaining some unwanted, blood-sucking company: ticks she says — coming from her own backyard, in the suburban Long Branch area in west Toronto.

“I was literally picking six, seven of them off my dogs in a day,” said Snider. “And then they came into the house, and then I’m finding them on me, I had three on my back, one on my shoulder, one on my hip when I woke up.”

Snider took to Facebook to warn others of the ticks, posting video of the ones that latched onto her and her dog. She says she’s never seen them as bad as they have been this year.

“I have probably now 25 or so ticks that have bitten me and my dog,” said Snider.

And she’s not alone in her sentiments. Reports of ticks are on the rise, even in urban areas — along with concern over the diseases they may carry, like Lyme Disease, transmitted to humans through the bite of blacklegged ticks.

“The blacklegged tick has been increasing across Ontario — across Canada — particularly in the east,” said Robert Colautti, associate professor of biology at Queen’s University.

And the increase seems to be coinciding with a rise in Lyme cases, according to infectious diseases specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch.

“If you look at Canada, there’s a rise in Lyme disease year after year,” said Bogoch. “We are very likely seeing a greater range of the ticks that transmit Lyme, largely driven by climate change and expanding the range of ticks that are capable of transmitting this.”

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Experts say the risk of ticks carrying the debilitating illness varies by region.

“In some cases, 68 to 80 per cent of the ticks in some specific locations will carry the Lyme disease. But in other areas, almost none of the ticks,” said Colautti.

In a statement, Toronto Public Health told Global News “the risk in Toronto of getting infected by a tick carrying Lyme is low” and that “the city has just begun it’s tick surveillance program for this year (so) it is too soon to tell if there are any trends in the number of ticks” — especially in the Long Branch area where Snider is from.

But for Snider, the proof is in the pudding.

“I’m losing it,” said Snider, exasperated. “I feel like they’re on me all the time. (I’m having) breakdown moments, I want to leave my house and move into a hotel — it’s that bad.”

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Bogoch strongly encourages those spending time outdoors to do tick checks before heading inside.

“It’s really about having a good look at any exposed skin, and it’s often helpful to have someone else take a peek, especially on the backs of the legs, where you might miss one. They can be pretty small,” said Bogoch.

“You’ve got to get the head out — sometimes they can be buried in there…. It’s a decent piece of tweezers, it’s not that challenging to remove a tick. And if the tick is identified and removed in a short timeframe, the risk of transmission is remarkably low.”

To avoid ticks altogether, Toronto Public Health also encourages residents “to take precautions when hiking or walking in areas that are wooded or bushy with lots of leaves or in areas with tall grasses” and that includes measures such as “wearing long pants and sleeves and using insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin.”

Some areas of the city with tick populations known to carry Lyme disease are also available on the city’s website.

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B.C. introduces new royalty system to end largest fossil fuel subsidies

The B.C. government is scrapping its largest oil and gas subsidy to better meet its climate action goals and bring in another $200 million a year in revenue.

On Thursday, Premier John Horgan and Energy Minister Bruce Ralston announced a new royalty system that will eliminate the deep well program, as well as increase the minimum royalty rate from three to five per cent — similar to Alberta’s current rate.

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The additional royalties — the fees the province charges companies to extract publicly owned oil and gas — will go to public services like roads and hospital, and climate action, a news release said.

The deep well program, created in 2003, was initially meant to offset higher drilling and completion costs incurred by deep wells.

Getting rid of it will mean a loss of credits between $440,000 and $2.81 million for companies, depending on the depth of the well.

The new system will apply to all new wells and be phased in over two years starting on Sept. 1.

However, Tracey Saxby, executive director of a group pushing for the end of fossil fuel subsidies called My Sea to Sky, said the move means the province is “doubling down” on subsidies for fracking and liquefied natural gas exports.

“What the Province calls royalties are actually taxpayer subsidies going directly into the pockets of global oil and gas companies doing fossil fuel extraction,” Saxby said in a release.

“It has cancelled a handful of subsidies only to replace them with a ‘revenue minus cost‘ regime that allows global gas producers to frack for natural gas without any business risk.”

– with a file from The Canadian Press

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Evictions of those experiencing homelessness continue in Halifax area city parks

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Meghan Watters has been experiencing homelessness for about a year. She has aspirations of going to school or finding a job but says, “it is so hard to do that when you have no place to go at night.”

Most of the time, she is able to sleep in a shelter for the night. However, Tuesday evening she was told shelters were at capacity and made the decision to pitch a tent in Dartmouth Commons.

Watters was shocked when she was awoken by two female Halifax Regional Police (HRP) officers telling her she had to take her tent down because, “the city told us we could tent anywhere.”

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HRP said the officers responded to a report of a violation of municipal bylaws made by a city compliance officer.

There still seems to be a great deal of confusion surrounding whether those sleeping rough are permitted to sleep in parks, after a report by city council on homelessness and encampments from earlier this month states:

If occupied (a tent or shelter), the first approach will be to work with individuals, gathering information about them, gauging interest in and ability to be connected to housing or shelter options, and sharing this information, consistent with privacy requirements, among HRM, the province and other service providers, to attempt to identify options for suitable housing.

“They didn’t offer to help me pack up my stuff, they didn’t offer to help with anything. I asked them to take me to the shelter. They just got in the car and left,” Watters said.

Watters said the interaction left her feeling helpless.

“There’s only two women’s shelters and they’re both always full. It’s still too cold to be out in a tent. But, when you put up a tent and take it down everyday it’s so hard having to carry your bags with you all the time.”

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Robin Tress lives in the area and while out for a morning walk, witnessed the transaction between Watters and the Halifax Regional Police.

“It feels really cruel…really cruel and inhumane. To me, housing is a human right and it’s not being respected by the city or the police,” Tress said.

Earlier in the month, Halifax City Council decided individuals living rough would no longer be removed from parks until a safe place was provided to go and necessary supports were put in place.

An HRM spokesperson told Global News in an email that Halifax Regional Police continue their practice of posting notices to vacate tents and structures on municipal parks, as they are not permitted.

“Municipal staff are returning to Regional Council in the coming weeks with a follow-up report offering analysis and recommendations addressing homelessness in the municipality, including a timeline and a plan for supporting the transition of people and educational outreach,” the spokesperson said.

“This plan will be led by civilian staff.”

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Downtown Calgary train stations to be closed during Victoria Day long weekend

CTrain stations in Calgary’s downtown core will be closed during the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend for construction and maintenance projects.

According to the Calgary Transit website, 7 Avenue will be closed to train and bus traffic from Saturday at 2:11 a.m. to Tuesday at 3:49 a.m. Some surrounding stations will also be closed.

There will be no Red Line CTrain service between Sunnyside and 39 Avenue stations. Victoria Park/Stampede and Erlton/Stampede stations will also be closed. Those going northwest can catch a shuttle bus to Sunnyside Station on 6 Avenue while those going south can catch a shuttle bus on 9 Avenue.

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There will also be no Blue Line CTrain service between Sunalta and Bridgeland/Memorial stations during this time. Those wanting to go northeast can catch a shuttle bus on 9 Avenue, while those wanting to go west can catch a shuttle bus on 6 Avenue. Sunalta shuttle buses can also be found on 6 Avenue.

A map with all the planned CTrain closures during the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend.

A map with all the planned CTrain closures during the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend.

City of Calgary Newsroom.

All other routes will run normally, Calgary Transit says.

More information about the CTrain closures can be found on the Calgary Transit website.

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COVID-19: 465 cases added last week, Saskatchewan pharmacists can prescribe paxlovid

WATCH: During question period on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government’s decision to keep COVID-19 rules in place for travel despite ongoing delays at airports. Grilled by Interim Conservative Party Leader Candice Bergen, Trudeau said they’d hired an additional 400 security screeners and that the CBSA has added 25 additional kiosks at Toronto Pearson International Airport to speed up processing times.

Pharmacists in Saskatchewan can now prescribe paxlovid to COVID-19-postive individuals, the province announced Thursday.

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A list of the 170 participating pharmacies is available on the government’s website. 

Select physicians and nurse practitioners will also have prescribing authority of the medication.

Paxlovid is only recommended for people over 18 with the following conditions:

  • Test positive (PCR or rapid test) with mild or moderate COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Do not have any medical conditions that would make treatment inappropriate;
  • Are not taking any medications that may cause potential drug interactions; and
  • Are immunocompromised, regardless of vaccination status;
  • 70 years and older with designated risk factors, regardless of vaccination status or
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Have a medical condition that puts you at high risk and are not fully vaccinated; or
    • Are 55 to 69 years old and not fully vaccinated.

Paxlovid treatment starts within five days of symptom onset and is not used to prevent COVID-19 infection.

The government added that treatments for COVID-19 does “not offer equal protection to vaccination.”

The province also reported 465 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 during the week of May 8 to 14.

The Omicron BA.2 sublineage accounted for 70.9 per cent of variants of concern reported last week.

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There were 22 newly-reported COVID-19 deaths last week.

On May 18 there were 270 patients in hospital with COVID-19, including 14 in adult ICU.

Of the 270 patients, 164 had an incidental infection.

As of May 14, 81 per cent of the population aged 5 and older have completed a series of COVID-19 vaccination.

Of the population 18 and older, 52.3 per cent have gotten at least one booster dose.

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