Sunday 6 June 2021

Canada races to ramp up COVID-19 variant testing, get 2nd doses into arms

Global News shows that Canada is seeing more COVID-19 cases linked to the Delta variant, first detected in India. 

It’s especially rampant in Ontario, the country’s most locked-down province, and experts say more testing is needed. 

Meanwhile, provinces are racing to get people fully vaccinated, after shortening the timeline between doses. 

Abigail Bimman looks at the urgent efforts underway to stay ahead of virus variants and return life to some version of normalcy.

Health Canada is the department of the Government of Canada responsible for national health policy. The department itself is also responsible for numerous federal health-related agencies, including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), among others. These organizations help to ensure compliance with federal law in a variety of healthcare, agricultural, and pharmaceutical activities. This responsibility also involves extensive collaboration with various other federal- and provincial-level organizations in order to ensure the safety of food, health, and pharmaceutical products - including the regulation of health research and various pharmaceutical manufacturing / testing facilities.

The department is responsible to Parliament through the minister of health (presently Patty Hajdu) as part of the federal health portfolio. The deputy minister of health, the senior most civil servant within the department, is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and operations of the department and reports directly to the minister.

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