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by Nandika Ravi

People around the world would like the pandemic come to an end, and talks of a potential vaccination against the virus have been dominating the news since the past few days.

Canada has already secured an advance-purchase agreement for 20 million doses each of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that have been highly touted this month, as part of 350 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines the government has ordered across seven different manufacturers.

With pharmaceutical giants announcing major advancements in their COVID-19 vaccine research, Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott are looking to start vaccinations as early as January 2021.

New polling data from Ipsos shows support for mandated vaccination is slipping, with current approval rates of 63 per cent much lower than those recorded back in July, when seven in ten (72 per cent) Canadians said they were supportive of a COVID-19 vaccination being mandatory. According to Ipsos, a majority of Canadians (82 per cent) want to wait for reports of long-term effectiveness and any side-effects before being vaccinated.

OMNI Television spoke to people in Toronto about their comfort levels with the new vaccines. While some feel that they would take the vaccine as soon as it’s available, others are skeptical about the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine, as they believe approval is being rushed.


As of Monday, November 23rd, Toronto and Peel regions moved into full lockdown and AstraZeneca reported 90 per cent effectiveness of their Covid-19 vaccine. The vaccine developed by Oxford University and manufactured by AstraZeneca is the third major drug company to report final stage data for a potential Covid-19 vaccine. The participants in trial showed no severe Covid-19 symptoms and did not require hospitalization. Unlike other vaccines in the market, the Oxford- AstraZeneca vaccine doesn’t have to be stored at frozen temperatures(2-8 degrees Celsius/ 36-46 degrees Fahrenheit), making it easier to distribute around the globe.