Daily Media Digest June 8, 2021

New national study to evaluate mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines
HRI Portal
“The Government of Canada, through the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force and the task force’s Vaccine Surveillance Reference Group, is supporting a new, nationwide study that will look at the effects of mixing and matching approved COVID-19 vaccines in adults. Approximately $4.8 million is being provided for this study, which will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of using two different COVID-19 vaccines for the first and second dose and increasing the interval between doses.”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccine, national study, public health, Provincial Health Services Authority

Worried about heart inflammation and COVID-19 vaccines? Here’s what we know
“Some researchers have recently said they believe there is a link between mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and a small number of people developing myocarditis — an inflammation of the heart muscle.  Here are the answers to some of the questions people are asking…”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, inflammation, vaccine, Mrna

Tam urges second COVID-19 vaccine dose as Delta variant emerges ‘essentially across Canada’
The Globe and Mail
“The variant, believed to be behind recent spikes in COVID-19 cases in parts of Britain, has demonstrated to be more transmissible than previous versions of the virus, Dr. Tam said.”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, Delta variant, public health

Most labs in Canada not fully able to detect Delta COVID-19 variant, experts warn
Global News
“According to Dr. Laurence Pelletier, a researcher from the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, public health units across the provinces are, for the most part, not equipped with testing equipment that can fully sequence or identify some COVID-19 variants.”
TAGS: COVID-19, detection, public health, Delta variant, Lunenfeld-Tannenbaum Research Institute

First new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease approved in nearly two decades offers hope for people …
Canada NewsWire
“Alzheimer Society of Canada calls for more investment in dementia research. TORONTO, June 7, 2021 /CNW/ – The Alzheimer Society of Canada is …”
TAGS: Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, innovative treatment, Alzheimer’s Society of Canada

Inuit cancer patients often face difficult decisions without support far from home
Yahoo News Canada
“Janet Jull, Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Ontario, Inuit Medical Interpreter Team, Ottawa Health Services …”
TAGS: cancer, access to care, Inuit health, at-risk population, Queen’s University