Media Releases and Task Force Announcements

Media Releases and Task Force Announcements2021-02-26T17:28:04-05:00

How well does vaccination work in residents of long-term care homes? Researchers aim to find out.

Long-term care homes have been at the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, with 70 percent of COVID-19 deaths having occurred in long-term care or nursing homes. The Government of Canada, through the CITF, is supporting a study led by McMaster University researchers aimed at understanding how well vaccination works in residents of long-term care homes and which factors may be directly linked to outbreaks.

March 18, 2021|Media Releases|

Researchers investigate COVID-19 among high-risk food workers in Quebec and Ontario

Throughout this pandemic, thousands of Canadians have had to continue working to provide essential services, such as in food production and packing plants, as well as in grocery stores, restaurants, and bars. At times, this has meant working in close proximity to colleagues and customers. The Government of Canada, through its COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF), is providing approximately $4.5 million to support two studies looking at the impact of various aspects of COVID-19 on food industry workers in Quebec and Ontario.

March 17, 2021|Media Releases|

New study in Quebec long-term care facilities to investigate the science behind why so many residents had severe cases of COVID-19

Across Canada, but particularly in Quebec, long-term care facilities have accounted for a disproportionate number of COVID-19 deaths. The Government of Canada, through the CITF, is supporting a new $2.7 million study aimed at identifying the factors putting each person at risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms and medical complications that may lead to a fatal disease.

March 11, 2021|Media Releases|

Three Canadian studies will help determine how many teachers may have had COVID-19

As in-class learning has been affected in much of the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada, through its CITF, is supporting three research projects that will estimate how many teachers and school personnel have been infected with SARS-CoV-2. Approximately $2.9 million has been provided for three studies, one each in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, to help further inform decision-making around prevention strategies in neighbourhoods, schools and daycares.

March 4, 2021|Media Releases|

Study underway in Nova Scotia long-term care facilities to determine health factors related to severe COVID-19 outcomes and vaccine effectiveness

Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF) is supporting a new study in the Maritimes aimed at determining which health factors cause long-term care residents to experience severe COVID-19 outcomes, including death. The study is investigating vaccine effectiveness in this frail, elderly population over the next year. This $1.9 million study will be carried out by a team of experts in frailty research, immunology, virology, and clinical infectious diseases. The team is led by Dr. Lisa Barrett, an expert in infectious diseases and a clinician scientist at Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Health.

March 3, 2021|Media Releases|

Pan-Canadian studies investigate why COVID-19 has been so devastating to long-term care facility residents and staff

Long-term care facilities have been disproportionately burdened by COVID-19, accounting for about 60% of COVID-19 deaths nationwide, 70% if retirement homes are included. The Government of Canada, through its COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF), is providing a total of $8.5 million to support two studies investigating various aspects of immunity and people’s response to vaccines within long-term care facilities. These studies are recruiting participants in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.

March 2, 2021|Media Releases|

Study examines occupational risks associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection rates, transmission risk, and immunity in dental schools across Canada

Dental and dental hygiene students and staff remain among the few groups on-site nearly daily at universities and colleges across Canada. Their continued presence on campus and the nature of the dental work itself increases their risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2. The CITF is supporting a pan-Canadian study investigating SARS-CoV-2 infection rates, transmission risks, and immune system responses of those working in dental clinics, laboratories, and offices in universities.

February 25, 2021|Media Releases|

New study will examine if inequities are contributing to an increased risk of COVID-19 within the Black Canadian population

Data from multiple countries including the US, UK and Canada indicate a disproportionate number of individuals of African ancestry are contracting SARS-CoV-2 and afflicted with more severe COVID-19 than people of other races. The CITF is supporting a study investigating how many people in Black Canadian communities have had SARS-CoV-2 and the risk factors associated with both contracting the infection and having poor outcomes, including hospitalization and death.

February 24, 2021|Media Releases|

New studies look at COVID-19 antibodies among Canadian correctional populations

The CITF is supporting four studies of correctional service employees and individuals incarcerated in Canadian correctional facilities. The studies will determine how many of these individuals have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 and involve several federal institutions across the country and provincial prisons in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Quebec.

February 23, 2021|Media Releases|

Two studies look at SARS-CoV-2 transmission and immunity among students and staff on university campuses

While many university classes across Canada are being held online, some programs require in-person learning and access to on- and off-campus research and learning facilities. The CITF is supporting two research studies looking at SARS-CoV-2 transmission and immunity on university campuses. Researchers at the University of Waterloo will investigate the immune response and how the virus affects people of different sexes, blood types, as well as age and ethnic groups. Researchers from Queen’s University will investigate students from the Faculty of Health Sciences to identify asymptomatic carriers and to evaluate antibody levels over a eight months to see whether they can be linked to immunity.

February 11, 2021|Media Releases|

Two studies to determine the impact of COVID-19 vaccines in residents of long-term care facilities in BC and Alberta

Residents of long-term care facilities are at increased risk for serious outcomes of COVID-19. As vaccines are now being offered to this priority population, the Government of Canada is investing over $2 million through Canada's COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF) for two studies in British Columbia (BC) and Alberta which will investigate how the immune [...]

February 10, 2021|Media Releases|
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