Canadian News Apr 23, 2021 7:21 PM EST

Dr. Tam: Lockdowns could be gone by the summer if 75 percent vaccine threshold is met

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, indicated that restrictions could be lifted by as early as the summer, as long as most Canadians are vaccinated by then.

Dr. Tam: Lockdowns could be gone by the summer if 75 percent vaccine threshold is met
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Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, indicated that restrictions could be lifted by as early as the summer, as long as most Canadians are vaccinated by then.

She added that, for such a thing to happen, 75 percent of Canadians would have needed to have at least one dose of the vaccine, and 20 percent or more would have to have had a second dose.

According to the Toronto Star, these numbers come from the latest modelling data put out by the federal government.

Supposedly, restrictions that could possibly be lifted are those on workplaces and also on "other public settings", such as theaters, bars, concert halls etc.

However, Dr. Tam did caution, "Even then, you have to be cautious, and not sort of lift everything. You’re going to lift things in stages and see what happens."

Dr. Tam also defended recent more severe public health measures, claiming that that modelling shows that it did put the brakes on the number of infections over time. Real-life data (as opposed to modelling data) seems to contradict the above, however.

As of this writing, 29.9 percent of adults in Canada have received at least one dose of the vaccine so far. This makes for a grand total of just over 11 million vaccines in total given out in Canada to date.

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