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Alberta maps out plans to roll out COVID-19 vaccine; asks feds for field hospitals

The plan is to vaccinate in three stages, with the first stage covering 10 per cent of Albertans and targeting the most at-risk people.

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney laid out the UCP plan to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to people in the province – amid several reports the federal government has been asked to send four field hospitals to the province.

The plan is to vaccinate in three stages, with the first stage covering 10 per cent of Albertans and targeting the most at-risk people.

Kenney said Alberta will get shipments as early as Jan. 4, after Health Canada approve the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Great Britain approved the vaccine on Thursday.

Kenney also announced another 1,685 cases in the province along with 10 new deaths. The testing came back with a positivity rate of 9.2 per cent.

The vaccines will be stored in 30 depots across Alberta.

Phase 1 is scheduled to run from January to March and aims to inject 400,000 Albertans.

It includes continuing care facility residents and staff, First Nations residents aged 65 and older, and health care workers who may transmit COVID-19 to the most vulnerable.

Phase 2 will begin in April and runs through the summer. Those who will receive it then are still being determined by the government.

It is aiming to have 30 per cent of the population immunized by the time it ends.

The last phase is scheduled to start in September, with vaccinations available to the general public.

Kenney urged all Albertans to get the vaccine and warned the rollout could come with delays – or quicker if more vaccines are approved.

The premier also announced the appointment Municipal Affairs Deputy Minister and former Canadian Army Gen. Paul Winnick to lead the province’s vaccine taskforce. 

Meanwhile, the province has reached out to the federal government and the Canadian Red Cross for help, several media outlets are reporting.

A federal source told the CBC, Alberta has asked the federal government and the Red Cross to supply field hospitals to help offset the strain COVID-19 is having on the health-care system.

The source said Alberta would likely receive at least four field hospitals — two from the Red Cross and another two from the federal government.

CBC said there was no request for human resources to staff the hospitals and no request for support from the military. 

Alberta Health Minster Tyler Shandro said during the press conference there is already a tent facility set up at the Peter Lougheed hospital and there were no immediate plans to bring in more.

Kenney said it was a “sign of responsible planning.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. John Clark

    December 6, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I have written the CRTC to investigate and supply answers on two things. The first and foremost is how did Bell Media manage to block all federal emergency messages across all of Alberta while leaving them alive across the rest of the country? And, why does the federal COVID app not work in Alberta on iPhone 6 platforms where it works fine across the rest of the country on that same phone?

    Will let you know the results when we get them back.

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Hundreds of Albertans protest in front of UCP MLA offices over COVID restrictions

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

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He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

“A couple of weeks ago, we knew something was happening,” Kosik said in a Thursday interview with the Western Standard.

Protest in front of Nathan Cooper’s office. Photo courtesy Holding MLAs Accountable

“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

Some had a handful of people show up, while others had scores of people.

“This was on organic protest, people in their own ridings,” said Kosik.

And Kovik thinks this won’t be the end of restrictions, with more likely in a couple of weeks.

“To get ready for that we have to network, network, network,” Koik said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Vancouver gangster killed in daylight shooting

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

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Vancouver cops are on the hunt for an armed killer after a gangster was slain Wednesday during a daylight shooting in Vancouver’s core area.

Amandeep Manj, 35, a known member of the United Nations gang, was shot about 3:30 p.m while sitting inside his car in the parking lot of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel near Canada Place.

Soon after he bloodied body was discovered, paramedics raced to the lot, but Manj was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they’re convinced the shooting was a targeted hit.

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

Manj’s brother, Jodh Manj, also died a violent death three years ago when he was killed while leaving a Mexico City gym.

Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin told the Vancouver Sun Manj is the city’s 13th homicide of 2021.

She told the paper officers responded to level three of the parkade near Cordova and Burrard streets “after a man was found unresponsive by a witness.” 

Police have made no arrests in the case, and ask anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact Vancouver police.

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COVID vaccines changing their names

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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What’s in a name? Plenty, apparently, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

Health Canada announced Thursday it will accept the change in new brand names of the three most common vaccines Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The Moderna vaccine will go by SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria.

The Pfizer vaccine will now be called Comirnaty, which the company said represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity.

CBC said the vaccines didn’t go by their brand name initially, but now that new and more long-term data has been submitted and approved they will go by their permanent name.

Canada is still expected to receive vials labelled Pfizer-BioNTech for the next several months.

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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