Health officials warned last week against loosening public health measures as new COVID-19 variants spread across Canada. Now, one official predicts herd immunity targets for vaccinations will also creep to higher levels.
Dr. Supriya Sharma, chief medical adviser with Health Canada, pictured in December 2020, says 'a lot of people' are refining estimates of herd immunity targets. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Health officials are tweaking their estimates of herd immunity targets in Canada to up to 90 per cent in the face of emerging COVID-19 variants, members of the House Health Committee heard Monday.
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MPs will be able to continue to charge the central House budget for the cost of items like masks and hand sanitizer, or office reconfiguration as a result of COVID-19, until Sept. 30, among other measures.
As of January, $185-million of the $761-million approved for the first five years of work on the Centre Block building and construction of the underground welcome centre, up to 2021-22, has been spent.