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Feds approved $11M in vaccine injury, death claims: Report
Author of the article:Kevin Connor
Published Jan 23, 2024 • 2 minute read

Families of Canadians who suffered death or injury from COVID vaccines will share in $11 million in compensation, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.


The federal Vaccine Injury Support Program processes claims in which “the injury is serious and permanent or has resulted in death,” the report said.


Of the 2,233 claims filed at the time, 1,825 were approved for processing.

A total of 138 were approved for payment by a medical review board and payouts as of Dec. 31 totalled $11,236,314.

“A total of $75 million in funding has been earmarked for the first five years of the program,” the Health Department wrote in a 2021 memo.

The types of claims paid out were not disclosed.



“The program ensures all people in Canada who have experienced a serious and permanent injury as a result of receiving a Health Canada-authorized vaccine administered in Canada on or after Dec. 8, 2020, have access to fair and timely financial support,” said the memo.


“Eligible individuals may receive income-replacement indemnities, injury indemnities, death benefits, coverage for funeral expenses and reimbursement of eligible costs, such as otherwise uncovered medical expenses.”

Health Minister Mark Holland told the House of Commons in November that his department was a world leader in saving lives during the pandemic.

“Canada had among the best responses to COVID-19 anywhere in the world,” said Holland. “Thanks to vaccines and to other measures we saved literally hundreds of thousands of lives, which is something we should really be deeply proud of,” Holland said.

“I want to thank everybody who was on the front lines of keeping us safe. We are going to honour that work by making sure we learn and do everything we can to keep people safe.”

Dr. Supriya Sharma, the senior medical adviser for the Health Department, said the long-term effects of COVID vaccines were not known.

“The benefits outweigh the potential risks, but it is still a drug and still a vaccine and there are potential risks even if they’re rare,” said Sharma.

“That’s why we continue to monitor it.”
 

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COVID-19 makes you miserable by draining dopamine
Author of the article:Denette Wilford
Published Jan 28, 2024 • Last updated 2 days ago • 2 minute read

If testing positive for COVID-19 isn’t annoying enough, new research found it can also make you miserable and irritable.


A team of researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine, Columbia University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center uncovered how the virus can infect brain cells related to mood, movement and stress, leading to an interruption of dopamine production.


The scientists utilized human stem cells to create various cell types found in the human body. That allowed them to study how SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19, affects different cells.

Their lab experiments showcased the phenomenon of senescence, or biological aging, which damages dopamine production, deteriorating cells to the point where they can’t grow and divide.

The team suggested these findings may shed light on the neurological symptoms afflicting people suffering from long COVID.


About 5% of dopamine neurons can be infected by the coronavirus, leading to senescence and inflammation, according to the study, which was published in the journal Cell Stem Cell.

The researchers also found three medications — riluzole, metformin, and imatinib — could potentially protect dopamine neurons from becoming infected by COVID, and further study could lead to a way to prevent COVID’s attack on the brain.

Riluzole is typically used for Lou Gehrig’s Disease, metformin for diabetes, and imatinib for leukemia and other cancers.

Often mistaken for the “feel-good” endorphins, which are actually the body’s natural opiates, dopamine is actually the neurotransmitter responsible for those “reward” feelings such as sleep, concentration, memory and movement learning so the findings would explain why COVID causes symptoms such as brain fog or general sadness.

“This project started out to investigate how various types of cells in different organs respond to SARS-CoV-2 infection. We tested lung cells, heart cells, pancreatic beta cells, but the senescence pathway is only activated in dopamine neurons,” said senior author Dr. Shuibing Chen, of Weill Cornell Medicine.

“This was a completely unexpected result.”

They further confirmed their findings with autopsy samples from individuals infected with the coronavirus.



“The infection rate of dopamine neurons isn’t as high as lung cells, the virus’s main target, but even a small population of infected cells can potentially have a severe effect,” Chen added.

They noted that while most people may be exposed to COVID, not all are vulnerable to dopamine neuron damage.

Genetics and the severity of the disease factor into the neurological risk, though the scientists recommended that larger human population studies further explore the issue.

Given that dopamine neuron senescence is a characteristic of Parkinson’s disease, the researchers suggested monitoring individuals with long COVID for an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s-related symptoms.



For more health news and content around diseases, conditions, wellness, healthy living, drugs, treatments and more, head to Healthing.ca – a member of the Postmedia Network.
 

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Court allows negligence class-action suit against Ontario LTC minister to proceed
Author of the article:Canadian Press
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Published Feb 06, 2024 • 2 minute read
Ontario's Court of Appeal is allowing a class-action lawsuit to proceed against the minister of long-term care for negligence for the government's response to COVID-19.
Ontario's Court of Appeal is allowing a class-action lawsuit to proceed against the minister of long-term care for negligence for the government's response to COVID-19.
TORONTO — Ontario’s Court of Appeal is allowing a class-action lawsuit to proceed against the minister of long-term care for alleged negligence regarding the government’s response to COVID-19.


The four lead plaintiffs lost their parents to COVID-19 or related complications in 2020 and allege that while the province knew by the end of January of that year that residents of long-term care homes were particularly vulnerable to the virus, the government didn’t enact protections until it was too late.


They allege, in claims that have not been proven in court, that thousands of deaths and illnesses could have been prevented if the government had acted sooner.

A Superior Court judge certified the class action against the minister of long-term care but didn’t allow it to proceed on several other grounds.

The government appealed that certification and the plaintiffs also appealed the decision not to certify a class action on the other grounds, including against the minister of health and chief medical officer of health.


In a decision released today, the Appeal Court upheld the Superior Court’s decision.

The mandate of the Ministry of Long-Term Care is arguably distinguishable from that of the Ministry of Health and the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Appeal Court wrote in its decision.

Previous cases have affirmed that their mandates are to act in the general public interest and are not geared to “the protection of the interests of specific individuals,” whereas the Long-Term Care Homes Act is aimed at protecting long-term care residents, the court wrote.

“To be sure, the appellants’ attempt to distinguish the mandate of the MLTC in this manner, and thereby establish a duty of care in favour of the residents of LTC homes, may well not prevail at an adjudication on the merits,” the court wrote.

“But in my view, it would be inappropriate at this stage to definitively conclude that the appellants’ argument is certain to fail.”

The Ministry of Long-Term Care was only created in 2019 — it had previously been part of the Ministry of Health — and there has not yet been “any authoritative judicial pronouncement on whether this recent bifurcation of ministerial responsibilities” and having a separate minister alters an analysis around duty of care, the court wrote.

Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
 

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Two suspects in Coutts border blockade plead guilty to reduced charges
Two other accused, Chris Carbert and Anthony Olienick, remain in custody


Author of the article:Kevin Martin
Published Feb 06, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 2 minute read

Two of the suspects charged with conspiring to murder Mounties during the Coutts border protest pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges.


Christopher Lysak admitted a charge of possession of a weapon in an unauthorized place, and Jerry Morin admitted a charge of conspiracy to traffic firearms in connection with the protest against COVID-19 mandates in February 2022.


Justice Vaughan Hartigan accepted a joint recommendation by Crown prosecutors and defence counsel Daniel Song and Greg Dunn for both men to be handed the equivalent of sentences of time in custody.

That amounted to a three-year sentence for Lysak and about 3 1/2 years for Morin, the Lethbridge Court of King’s Bench judge was told.

It’s normal for accused persons on remand to get 1.5 days credit for every day served. Morin was given enhanced credit for spending periods of time in solitary confinement.


Two other accused, Chris Carbert and Anthony Olienick, remain in custody on allegations they conspired to murder members of the RCMP who were policing the border protest at the Coutts international crossing into Montana.

They’re scheduled to stand trial in June.

Dunn issued a written statement on behalf of Morin following the court proceeding, indicating he could not comment at length due to the ongoing litigation against the other two accused.

“Mr. Morin has steadfastly maintained from the very beginning that he played no part of any alleged conspiracy to murder police officers and is relieved and grateful that those charges, and associated allegations, have been withdrawn by the Crown,” Dunn wrote.

“Moreover, the charge that Mr. Morin plead guilty to does not suggest that Mr. Morin at any time took firearms into Coutts, only that he agreed to.


“It is unfortunate that Mr. Morin has spent two years of his life in custody awaiting this day.”


Song also issued a brief statement via email.

“To be clear, Mr. Lysak did not admit to possessing his handgun for a dangerous purpose. He did not attend the Coutts protests with the intent to harm anyone. He admits that his firearm was loaded with ammunition at the time of the police seizure, but denies having loaded and chambered the gun,” Song said.

The blockade crippled the international crossing for more than two weeks as truckers and others blocked the highway linking Montana and Alberta in protest of public health measures put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Judge overturns convictions of B.C. woman, accused of coughing on grocery worker
Author of the article:Canadian Press
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Published Feb 09, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 1 minute read

CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. — A British Columbia woman who was accused of deliberately coughing in the direction of a grocery store worker early in the COVID-19 pandemic has had her convictions for assault and causing a disturbance overturned.


A B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled on Thursday that Kimberly Woolman should have been allowed to call a character witness in her 2022 trial.


The original trial heard testimony that Woolman was at a Save On Foods store in Campbell River, B.C., in April 2020 when she refused to follow rules requiring customers to keep six feet apart.

A Provincial Court judge ruled last year that Woolman “forcibly coughed” towards an employee’s face after being told to leave, then pushed her shopping cart into another worker.

Supreme Court Justice Douglas Thompson says in his appeal ruling that allowing a character witness could have influenced the court’s opinion on whether Woolman was shouting and whether there was an intentional application of force.

He says cases like this would normally be retried, but because Woolman has already served about a third of her 18-month probation order he was using his discretion to dismiss the convictions instead.
 
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'Delusional conspiracy theorist' allegedly killed dad over vaccine
Author of the article:Denette Wilford
Published Feb 09, 2024 • Last updated 2 days ago • 1 minute read

A “delusional conspiracy theorist” has been accused of beating his father to death after learning his dad got vaccinated.


Brian McGann Jr., 44, of Wellington, Fla., is alleged to have killed his father, Brian McGann Sr., after an argument between the two men escalated into the deadly encounter.


A family friend called 911 after McGann Jr. told her in a rambling phone call that his father was “under my foot,” according to a report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office obtained by the Palm Beach Post.

She told police she heard McGann Sr. cry out, “Stop, you are killing me,” and that the son sounded intoxicated and paranoid and he had recently started using cocaine.

The woman claims that McGann Jr. also told her to pack her belongings and leave the house because “he was going to be dead.”

Another person described the accused as a “delusional conspiracy theorist,” according to the complaint, and McGann Jr. had become upset because his father had received a vaccine.


Police arrived to find McGann Sr. with serious injuries to his face and his “clothing completely covered in blood,” according to the report.

There was also blood splatter found all over the living room walls and furniture.

He was pronounced dead by paramedics on the scene.

The medical examiner’s office determined he died of blunt force trauma, Law and Crime reported.

Cops saw McGann Jr. jump over the back gate into a nearby backyard, only to track him down a few moments later and find him “completely covered in blood.”

The suspect’s hands were also swollen and had cuts and lacerations.

McGann Jr. was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

He was booked into Palm Beach County Jail, where he is being held without bond.
 

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'Delusional conspiracy theorist' allegedly killed dad over vaccine
Author of the article:Denette Wilford
Published Feb 09, 2024 • Last updated 2 days ago • 1 minute read

A “delusional conspiracy theorist” has been accused of beating his father to death after learning his dad got vaccinated.


Brian McGann Jr., 44, of Wellington, Fla., is alleged to have killed his father, Brian McGann Sr., after an argument between the two men escalated into the deadly encounter.


A family friend called 911 after McGann Jr. told her in a rambling phone call that his father was “under my foot,” according to a report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office obtained by the Palm Beach Post.

She told police she heard McGann Sr. cry out, “Stop, you are killing me,” and that the son sounded intoxicated and paranoid and he had recently started using cocaine.

The woman claims that McGann Jr. also told her to pack her belongings and leave the house because “he was going to be dead.”

Another person described the accused as a “delusional conspiracy theorist,” according to the complaint, and McGann Jr. had become upset because his father had received a vaccine.


Police arrived to find McGann Sr. with serious injuries to his face and his “clothing completely covered in blood,” according to the report.

There was also blood splatter found all over the living room walls and furniture.

He was pronounced dead by paramedics on the scene.

The medical examiner’s office determined he died of blunt force trauma, Law and Crime reported.

Cops saw McGann Jr. jump over the back gate into a nearby backyard, only to track him down a few moments later and find him “completely covered in blood.”

The suspect’s hands were also swollen and had cuts and lacerations.

McGann Jr. was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

He was booked into Palm Beach County Jail, where he is being held without bond.
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Local artist says he's 'p---ed off' Loblaw over shirts with lampooned logo
Author of the article:Denette Wilford
Published Feb 12, 2024 • 2 minute read
A shirt with the "Roblaw$" logo.
Cristofer Lam says he has angered Loblaw by transforming its logo into “Roblaw$” and putting it on shirts, mugs and tote bags. PHOTO BY CRISTOFER LAM /Facebook
For months, there have been calls to boycott grocery giants over their skyrocketing prices as Canadians grapple with the cost of living and inflation.


Loblaw, in particular, bears the brunt of the public’s ire as Canadians take aim at company president Galen Weston and call out prices in their stores.


However, Loblaw may have met its match in a Toronto-based artist who is using his designs to get to the company another way.

Cristofer Lam has come up with his own version of the grocer’s name — by transforming the Loblaws logo into “Roblaw$” and putting his parody merchandise on shirts, mugs and tote bags.



Lam even switched up Loblaw’s “Live Life Well” slogan to “Live Life Hungry” and revamped No Frills to “No Shame.”


That obviously didn’t sit well with Loblaw, who told Lam that his spoof merchandise is too close to their logo.

“So I’ve pissed off another major Canadian company,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

“This time it is Loblaws coming after me for IP infringement for my Roblaws shirt. This one I can’t understand at all. The font isn’t the same, the name is totally different and I made an entirely new logo, it just uses the same colours.”


Lam directed interested buyers to his website, Instant Distractions, adding that he is releasing a new Doug Ford T-shirt when the legislature returns for its spring session.

Lam had previously targeted Metrolinx with his merchandise before he was forced to change his design. However, he was able to get around the issue with Metrolinx by repeatedly changing the logo, BlogTO reported.

On his site, he has a shirt that says “Metrostinx” and his take on the Rogers logo with “Robbers” below it.

A spokesperson for Loblaw told the Toronto Sun, “Like any other business, we protect our brand and trademarks from unofficial merchandise or products, particularly if the intent behind them is misleading to customers or malicious.”
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Pandemic shuttered more than 120,000 small, medium-sized businesses: Federal data
Rate of business creation reached record-low 3.8% in 2020

Author of the article:postmedia News
Published Feb 13, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 1 minute read

Federal data showed that the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns led to more than 120,000 small and medium-sized businesses closing in Canada, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.


A Department of Industry report showed that 120,344 businesses “disappeared.


“The rate of business creation sharply declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching a record low of 3.8% in 2020,” said the report Key Small Business Statistics.

“This is a decrease of two percentage points compared with the year 2019.”



The report counted 1,216,550 businesses across the country in 2023 compared to 1,226,454 in 2020. Still, new startups offset in part those permanent business closures.

Between 2020 and 2023, the department counted a net loss of 10,100 retailers, 2,700 restaurateurs and hotelkeepers and 3,800 wholesalers.


“An increase or decrease in the number of businesses is the net result of the appearance or disappearance of businesses over a given period,” wrote researchers.

“This is often referred to as ‘creative destruction.’ Between 2001 and 2020, the number of small businesses increased every year except for three: In 2013, 2016 and 2020, when more businesses disappeared than were created.”

Across Canada, the private-sector payroll declined from 12,303,500 workers to 12,214,400, representing a decrease of 89,100 jobs.

“The COVID-19 pandemic posed significant challenges to the Canadian economy,” said the report.

“The resulting economic contraction significantly impacted employment.”

A total of 128,043 bankruptcies were filed in 202,3 according to the Superintendent of Bankruptcy.
 

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Makers of COVID-19 protective equipment seek over $5 billion in damages
Author of the article:Canadian Press
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Published Feb 14, 2024 • 1 minute read

OTTAWA — Canadian manufacturers of masks and other equipment for protecting against COVID-19 are seeking more than $5 billion in damages from the federal government, saying Ottawa misled them about buying and helping sell their products.


In a statement of claim filed in Federal Court, the companies and their industry association allege the government made “negligent misrepresentations” that prompted them to invest in personal protection equipment innovations, manufacturing and production.


The companies and the Canadian Association of PPE Manufacturers say the government made misleading statements about markets, direct assistance, flexible procurement and long-term support over a three-year period that began in March 2020.

The emergence of COVID-19 in early 2020 spurred governments and public-health officials to implement extraordinary measures _ including lockdowns, vaccine requirements and mask mandates — to prevent the spread of the disease.

The statement of claim alleges Canada’s misrepresentations resulted in about $88 million in investment losses and a further $5.4 billion in projected lost market opportunities over a 10-year period.

The federal government will have an opportunity to file a defence to the unproven allegations as the case proceeds.
 

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WHO warns world not ready for next Disease X outbreak
Author of the article:postmedia News
Published Feb 20, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 2 minute read

The next global pandemic could be even deadlier than COVID-19, warns the World Health Organization’s top doctor.


And the world is not prepared to deal with a future Disease X that could wreak havoc around the world, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a World Governments Summit in Dubai earlier this month.


“Exactly six years ago, I said the world was not prepared for a pandemic and expressed my concern at that time that a pandemic could happen any time,” he said on Feb. 12, reported Metro U.K.

Less than two years later, COVID-19 was discovered in China and the disease spread across the world.

“In the aftermath of COVID-19, millions of people are dead with social, economic and political shocks that reverberate to this day. The painful lessons we learned are in danger of being forgotten as attention turns to many other crises confronting our world.”


The WHO’s top doctor, who has been at the helm since 2017, said society will “pay dearly” for failing to learn the lessons of past outbreaks.

“If we fail to learn those lessons, we will pay dearly next time – and there will be a next time. The cycle of panic and neglect is beginning to repeat,” he said.

Disease X is a term used by the WHO since 2018 to refer to future infectious pathogens that could have the potential to spread across the globe.

Tedros also sounded the alarm bells in January at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos.

“Disease X is attracting a lot of attention … but it’s not a new idea,” he said.

He listed viruses such as MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), Zika and Ebola as examples of emerging diseases.


“There are things that are unknown, that may happen. And anything happening is a matter of when, not if.

“So, we need to have a placeholder for that, for the diseases that we don’t know, that may come. And that was when we gave the name Disease X.”



Tedros said the WHO was preparing for diseases similar to COVID-19, and added the coronavirus could be considered the first Disease X.

He also dismissed critics complaining that the term Disease X would create panic.

“No, it’s better actually to anticipate something that may happen — because it has happened in our history many times — and prepare for it.”

Not only can the world prepare for known diseases, Tedros argued that countries can be ready for unknown viral threats.
 

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Four major nonprofits that rose to prominence during the coronavirus pandemic by capitalizing on the spread of medical misinformation collectively gained more than $118 million between 2020 and 2022, enabling the organizations to deepen their influence in statehouses, courtrooms and communities across the country, a Washington Post analysis of tax records shows.

Children’s Health Defense, an anti-vaccine group founded by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., received $23.5 million in contributions, grants and other revenue in 2022 alone — eight times what it collected the year before the pandemic began — allowing it to expand its state-based lobbying operations to cover half the country.

Another influential anti-vaccine group, Informed Consent Action Network, nearly quadrupled its revenue during that time to about $13.4 million in 2022, giving it the resources to finance lawsuits seeking to roll back vaccine requirements as Americans’ faith in vaccines drops.

Two other groups, Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance and America’s Frontline Doctors, went from receiving $1 million combined when they formed in 2020 to collecting more than $21 million combined in 2022, according to the latest tax filings available for the groups.

The four groups routinely buck scientific consensus. Children’s Health Defense and Informed Consent Action Network raise doubts about the safety of vaccines despite assurances from federal regulators. “Vaccines have never been safer than they are today,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on its webpage outlining vaccine safety.

Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance and America’s Frontline Doctors promote anti-parasitic or anti-malarial drugs as treatments for covid, long after regulators and clinical trials found the medications to be ineffective or potentially harmful. Leaders of these groups say they disagree with medical consensus and argue that their promotion of alternative treatments for covid and other conditions is safe.

Arthur Caplan, head of the division of medical ethics at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine, said that in his view, the four groups endanger lives with their spread of misinformation.
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Ottawa appeals court decision finding use of Emergencies Act was unreasonable
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Published Feb 23, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 1 minute read

Ottawa has filed to appeal a Federal Court decision that found its invocation of the Emergencies Act in response to the 2022 Freedom Convoy protests was unjustified.


The government is asking the Federal Court of Appeal to overturn a January decision that found the government’s use of emergency law led to the infringement of constitutional rights.


The federal Liberals invoked emergency powers in response to thousands of protesters who entrenched themselves in downtown Ottawa for weeks and spinoff protests that blockaded border crossings.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and others argued in court that Ottawa ushered in the emergency measures without sound statutory grounds.

Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley’s decision, which the Liberals immediately promised to appeal, differed from the conclusion of the Public Order Emergency Commission.


That inquiry found the government met the very high legal standard for using the law.

In the documents filed Thursday, the government outlined arguments including that the Federal Court erred by reviewing the decision to invoke the act “with the benefit of hindsight” and based on information not available to the government in 2022.

The court also made a mistake in substituting its own opinion about the decision the government should have made, it said.

Instead, it said, the court should have looked at whether it was reasonable for the government to “decide that it had reasonable grounds to believe” that a public order emergency existed and needed to be dealt with through special temporary measures.

The court was also wrong to decide the invocation of the Emergencies Act was a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the government argued.
 
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Feds approved $11M in vaccine injury, death claims: Report
Author of the article:Kevin Connor
Published Jan 23, 2024 • 2 minute read

Families of Canadians who suffered death or injury from COVID vaccines will share in $11 million in compensation, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.


The federal Vaccine Injury Support Program processes claims in which “the injury is serious and permanent or has resulted in death,” the report said.


Of the 2,233 claims filed at the time, 1,825 were approved for processing.

A total of 138 were approved for payment by a medical review board and payouts as of Dec. 31 totalled $11,236,314.

“A total of $75 million in funding has been earmarked for the first five years of the program,” the Health Department wrote in a 2021 memo.

The types of claims paid out were not disclosed.



“The program ensures all people in Canada who have experienced a serious and permanent injury as a result of receiving a Health Canada-authorized vaccine administered in Canada on or after Dec. 8, 2020, have access to fair and timely financial support,” said the memo.


“Eligible individuals may receive income-replacement indemnities, injury indemnities, death benefits, coverage for funeral expenses and reimbursement of eligible costs, such as otherwise uncovered medical expenses.”

Health Minister Mark Holland told the House of Commons in November that his department was a world leader in saving lives during the pandemic.

“Canada had among the best responses to COVID-19 anywhere in the world,” said Holland. “Thanks to vaccines and to other measures we saved literally hundreds of thousands of lives, which is something we should really be deeply proud of,” Holland said.

“I want to thank everybody who was on the front lines of keeping us safe. We are going to honour that work by making sure we learn and do everything we can to keep people safe.”

Dr. Supriya Sharma, the senior medical adviser for the Health Department, said the long-term effects of COVID vaccines were not known.

“The benefits outweigh the potential risks, but it is still a drug and still a vaccine and there are potential risks even if they’re rare,” said Sharma.

“That’s why we continue to monitor it.”
These payouts should have been from the pharma companies not the taxpayers but of course the government has "protected' the companies from any resultant harms. Wonder who benefits? Likely those with "investments" in pharma companies, that's who. Disgusting!!
 

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These payouts should have been from the pharma companies not the taxpayers but of course the government has "protected' the companies from any resultant harms. Wonder who benefits? Likely those with "investments" in pharma companies, that's who. Disgusting!!
The media takes in beaucoop dollars from pharmaceutical advertising, they will not upset that apple cart . And of course as the party of big business the Liberal Party of Canada reaps in mega donations from those companies . Follow the money .