According to a CBC report on January 16, “Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said Friday officials “continue to monitor” the spread of the variants (of the coronavirus) in Canada, with at least 25 known cases (of the highly more infectious variants) to date”, while “Ontario has already identified 14 cases of B117 (that’s the one from the UK), three of which have no known link to international travel.”
What does that mean?
It means that there may now be “community transmission” of these variants, that is, the variants are clearly out in the community (not just coming in from travelers to virus hotspots) and are spreading to more people, which might soon – within weeks – translate to a hard-to-believe huge spike in cases, although with our limited testing abilities we really have no idea about how widespread these variants are as yet.
But all of which shines a much harsher spotlight on Canada’s relatively slow (compared to many other countries) rollout of vaccinations because the best way to slow the pace of this virus – and the damage these variants pose – would be to vaccinate as much of the population as quickly as we can possibly do that.
And reassuring Canadians (as the Prime Minster has just done this week) that , hey, the just-announced drop in the promised vaccine supply is “just temporary” (always remember that “temporary” is defined differently by different people) and that things will get much better in April when we will really start rolling out SARS-Co-V2 vaccinations, is a vacuous reassurance because in this race with this killer virus, we may be – we very likely are – falling quickly behind.
And sadly, at this typical Canadian slow pace, by April, a lot less of us are gonna be around to finish this race.