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Sports #ICYMI: Bill 21 ruling, AstraZeneca vaccine, Chauvin convicted, Price has concussion, more

05:45  21 april  2021
05:45  21 april  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

Chauvin needed to 'take some type of action' as Floyd's health failed, use-of-force witness says

  Chauvin needed to 'take some type of action' as Floyd's health failed, use-of-force witness says Derek Chauvin had a responsibility to re-evaluate pressing his knee into George Floyd's neck during their fatal encounter as the health of the 46-year old Black man was clearly "deteriorating," an expert testified Wednesday as the former police officer's murder trial continued in Minneapolis. Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant, serving as a paid prosecution witness as a use-of-force expert, appeared for his second day of testimony at Chauvin's trial. Stiger had testified the day before that the pressure being exerted on Floyd was excessive, and could cause positional asphyxia and lead to death.

Premier John Horgan says B.C.'s circuit-breaker restrictions will be extended another five weeks and widespread travel limitations are coming later this week. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says she's also expanding the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine and it will now be available to people 40 years and older.

AstraZeneca was the first vaccine maker to seek approval back in early October 2020, but has since been surpassed by three vaccines that have won Swissmedic's blessing from Pfizer , Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Also at the press conference, Swiss vaccines czar Nora Kronig said that Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine deliveries had experienced some hiccups and delays, but the Swiss government still anticipated the U.S. company would fulfill its commitments to Switzerland for the second quarter.

Quebec reported 1,136 new cases of COVID-19. In Montreal, 224 infections were registered — the fewest since November, reports Andy Riga in his daily live blog covering pandemic developments. Read it here .

a group of people walking on a sidewalk: Students and staff at Westmount High School show their support for the court ruling against parts of Bill 21, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Montreal. © Provided by The Gazette Students and staff at Westmount High School show their support for the court ruling against parts of Bill 21, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Montreal.

In Quebec news

AstraZeneca vaccine for those 45 and older

Quebec announced on Tuesday it will expand access to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to those 45 and over and extend the lockdown order in three regions, including Quebec City, until at least May 3. Read the full report .

Ontario to lower minimum age for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from 55 to 40

  Ontario to lower minimum age for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from 55 to 40 Ontario's announcement comes just hours after the federal health minister on Sunday said provinces were "free to use" the vaccine on age groups 18 and above.In a statement Sunday afternoon, a spokesperson for Health Minister Christine Elliott said that, "based on current supply," pharmacies and primary care settings in the province would be offering the vaccines to the now larger age group starting Tuesday.

' Much -needed' additional vaccination option. "The U.S. regulatory authorities are reluctant, even in a pandemic, to rely totally on data obtained outside the U.S., so this trial was done to provide convincing evidence of efficacy and safety in a sufficiently large number of U.S. patients," said Stephen Evans Dr. Ann Falsey, professor of medicine at University of Rochester School of Medicine and co-lead principal investigator for the trial, said: "This analysis validates the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a much -needed additional vaccination option, offering confidence that adults of all ages can benefit

AstraZeneca has renamed its Covid-19 vaccine , a move that coincides with the company’s struggle to reassure the public that its drug is safe, following numerous reports of potential adverse effects. Citing potential safety concerns, the country said that the vaccine would not be administered to people younger than 55. The company was hit with more bad press after US regulators raised concerns that trial data used to gauge the efficacy of the vaccine was potentially outdated and misleading.

CAQ government to appeal Bill 21 ruling

Premier François Legault has described a Superior Court judgment Tuesday exempting the province’s English school boards and MNAs from Quebec’s state secularism law as illogical. Commenting on the ruling shortly after Justice Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette announced Quebec plans to appeal it, Legault said he doesn’t see the link the judge does between Section 23 of the constitution protecting minority language rights and secularism. Read the full report .

How old do you have to be to get the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in each province?

  How old do you have to be to get the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in each province? Many provinces have been lowering the age of eligibility for the AstraZeneca vaccine to as young as 40. Here’s a look at the rules, recommendations and age cutoffs across the country.The AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine against COVID-19 is a non-replicating viral vector vaccine. Unlike Moderna's and Pfizer's mRNA vaccines, it doesn't need to be stored at extremely cold temperatures, and it can be easily administered in pharmacies and doctor's offices. Besides the AstraZeneca brand manufactured by the company itself, the vaccine also comes in a version known as COVISHIELD made by the Serum Institute of India.

Mexico began vaccinations late last year and has so far fully inoculated nearly 4 million people, most of whom are adults over 60, out of a total population of 126 million. Officials plan to soon roll out vaccinations for adults over 50 and teachers, just as infection rates in 10 AstraZeneca was the first vaccine maker to seek Swiss approval in early October 2020, but has since been overtaken by three vaccines that have won Swissmedic's blessing from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Claus Bolte, Swissmedic's head of approvals, said AstraZeneca 's approval process had dragged on as part

Since the first positive results on vaccines have come out, a lot of people have asked me if I think everyone should take them? For some reason, a number of people out there trust my judgement on such things. I noticed that the Daily Mail recently ran a poll, which showed that three quarters of Britons would agree to have a jab – although 40 percent wanted politicians to take it first to prove it was safe. They enter the cell, take over the replication systems, make thousands of copies of themselves, then exit the cell. Sometimes killing the cell as they do so, sometimes exiting more gently.

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Opinion: Sports world came together in united front as we held our breath for Derek Chauvin verdict

  Opinion: Sports world came together in united front as we held our breath for Derek Chauvin verdict Jaylen Brown, LeBron James and players from the NFL and WNBA were among the athletes who spoke out in protest after George Floyd's killing.The examples are numerous; a tortuous, horrific Groundhog Day of state-sanctioned violence against Black bodies, followed by juries letting the perpetrators walk. Names like King and Till and Trayvon.

"There is currently no indication that vaccination has caused these conditions, which are not listed as side effects with this vaccine ," the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Thursday. Overall, 30 cases of thromboembolic events have been reported among the five million people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine in the European Economic Area. Any approved treatment, including vaccines , carries a risk of some side effects for some people, but most are usually mild and severe ones are rare.

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Ontario has closed its border with other provinces in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. But the decision doesn’t mean all travel is banned from other provinces. We have answers to some questions from readers about the new policy. Read the full report .

George Floyd's brother express gratitude to Las Vegas Raiders for their support

  George Floyd's brother express gratitude to Las Vegas Raiders for their support Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, expressed gratitude to the Raiders following backlash to the NFL team's "I can breathe" tweet."On behalf of our family, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Las Vegas Raiders organization and its leadership for their support of our family and for our nation's ongoing pursuit of justice and equality for all," Floyd said in a statement shared by the law firm representing George Floyd's family.

Air quality in schools ‘acceptable and safe’: Roberge

Air quality in Quebec’s schools isn’t ideal, but it is “acceptable and safe,” Education Minister Jean-François Roberge said on Tuesday. Roberge was responding to the results of carbon dioxide tests carried out in nearly 15,000 classrooms amid worries about the spread of COVID-19 in schools. Read the full report .

NHL evaluating alternate plans for North Division's playoff setup

  NHL evaluating alternate plans for North Division's playoff setup As the Stanley Cup Playoffs creep closer and closer and there has been no change at the Canadian border, it is seeming more and more likely that there will be some form of relocation in the postseason. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the NHL is not rushing to any conclusions, waiting to see if border policies are relaxed, but have to evaluate alternative plans for the North Division winner to be able to compete in the semifinals and Cup Final this season.

Popular camp to stay closed this summer

A popular sleepaway camp in the Laurentians will not operate for the second consecutive summer because of uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The YMCA’s Camp Kanawana, which has been welcoming generations of campers for 125 years, notified parents Monday night that it would not open this summer. Read the full report .

Federal vaccine advisory committee recommends AstraZeneca vaccine for 30 year olds and older

  Federal vaccine advisory committee recommends AstraZeneca vaccine for 30 year olds and older OTTAWA — Canada’s vaccine advisory committee now says Canadians aged 30 years and older can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine if they do not want to wait for the Pfizer or Moderna shots. The updated recommendation comes as new federal modelling shows that COVID-19 restrictions could be lifted by mid-summer if at least 75 per cent of adults receive their first vaccine dose and 20 per cent get their second jab by then. “What we want is to vaccinate Canadians as quickly as possible,” said committee chairwoman Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh in announcing the expanded eligibility for AstraZeneca.

In World news

Stephen Jackson holding a sign:  Demonstrators march through downtown Minneapolis demanding justice for George Floyd and Daunte Wright while jury deliberations begin for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis April 19, 2021. © Octavio Jones Demonstrators march through downtown Minneapolis demanding justice for George Floyd and Daunte Wright while jury deliberations begin for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis April 19, 2021.

Ex-cop Chauvin convicted in Floyd death

Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin was convicted on Tuesday of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in the deadly arrest of George Floyd, a milestone in the fraught racial history of the United States and a rebuke of law enforcement’s treatment of Black Americans. Read the full report .

‘Demand is outstripping the supply’: Is Canada running out of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines?

  ‘Demand is outstripping the supply’: Is Canada running out of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines? Experts say the demand for the AstraZeneca vaccine is outstripping the supply. Will there be enough vaccines before the next shipment in late June?Experts argue Canada may not have enough vaccines for people age 40 and up, let alone 30. The last shipment of the vaccine was in early April and the next batch may not come until the end of June.

A wake-up call, Trudeau says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is welcoming the guilty verdict against the former Minneapolis police officer whose knee to the neck of George Floyd ended in the Black man’s death last May. But he says the trial underlines how much work remains to be done to combat systemic racism. Read the full report .

In Montreal news

No mail-in voting for seniors

The city is ruling out opening up voting by mail to all seniors over 69, saying it doesn’t have enough time to make the necessary changes before the Nov. 7 municipal election. The city will, however, enable some 50,000 seniors who live in designated care facilities, are unable to vote in person for health reasons, or are in quarantine to vote by mail, he said. Read the full report .

In Sports news

a group of people riding skis on top of a snow covered slope:  Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save on Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl during the first period at Rogers Place in Edmonton on April 19, 2021. © Provided by The Gazette Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save on Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl during the first period at Rogers Place in Edmonton on April 19, 2021.

Habs goalie has concussion

Not only is Canadiens goaltender Carey Price injured for the second time this month, he might have continued playing after sustaining a concussion. Price will miss at least one week with the head injury and has been placed under the NHL’s concussion protocol. Read the full report .

‘Demand is outstripping the supply’: Is Canada running out of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines? .
Experts say the demand for the AstraZeneca vaccine is outstripping the supply. Will there be enough vaccines before the next shipment in late June?Experts argue Canada may not have enough vaccines for people age 40 and up, let alone 30. The last shipment of the vaccine was in early April and the next batch may not come until the end of June.

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