Canada Veterinarians offer ventilators as they fight to be declared essential service
'The least we can do': Plastic surgeons lending ventilators to help with COVID-19 outbreak
University of Toronto professor Peter Adamson has been following the COVID-19 news, crunching the numbers related to Ontario's health system, and decided private cosmetic surgeons should step up and help. "It became quite apparent to me that our health-care system in Ontario, and most jurisdictions, is really going to be, if not overwhelmed, they're going to be pushed absolutely to its limits," the professor of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery said.
Canada's veterinarians say they're willing to join in the efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, but say they're also fighting to make sure they can keep looking after the country's animals.
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association says many of its members have offered to make their ventilators available to ease the strain on the health-care system.
The association is in the process of surveying its members to see how much equipment is available if needed.
Federal government finalizing plan to boost production of pandemic supplies
The federal government is finalizing a plan to boost production of ventilators and other medical equipment to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior government sources tell CBC News they're hoping to work with existing manufacturers — especially of gloves, masks and ventilators — on a supply chain that's resistant to disruption.An announcement is expected from the prime minister on Friday, which will also encourage other industries to retool their production lines to make those products.
But it says it's also hoping to secure assurances that vet clinics can keep performing their primary purpose of treating animals.
The association says animal doctors are not currently classified as an essential service, but should be in order to protect the welfare of everything from family pets to the national food supply.
The group is calling on all levels of government to consider classifying vets as essential or make provisions in their pandemic-related measures that would allow clinics to keep operating.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 23, 2020.
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Unless you’re a health-care worker, commercial trucker or someone else with “essential” business to conduct in the other country, Friday is your last day to cross the border to either the United States or Canada. The coming travel restriction was announced earlier in the week by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump, but the exact timing of when non-essential travel ends wasn’t divulged until Thursday night. Tourists and casual visitors are barred from crossing into the other country starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday. Transit Windsor’s tunnel bus ceased service Thursday night.