Protect our Access OpEd: COVID vaccine delays illustrate what people dependent on other medicines experience

Canada’s drug review and reimbursement systems are already onerous. It can take from two to five years for some drugs to get to patients. The speed with which we have introduced COVID vaccines shows our government can do much better. Protect our Access is advocating for millions of patients across Canada whose lives depend on medical breakthroughs. READ AND SHARE their recent editorial in Ottawa Citizen

Letter to Minister Churchill

24 March 2021 Minister Zach Churchill Minister of Health and Wellness Barrington Tower, 1894 Barrington Street P.O Box 488 Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2R8 Dear Minister Churchill,  We are writing to you today with regards to your prioritization scheme for COVID-19 immunization. Notably, your province has yet to explicitly prioritize patients with cancer or respiratory disease in your COVID-19 vaccination plans. We recognize that this

Alberta Includes Cancer Patients in Vaccination Phase 2

Canadian Cancer Survivor Network congratulates Alberta on including cancer patients in Phase 2 On Monday, March 15th, the Government of Alberta released the list of those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during Phase 2B of its distribution plan. We are pleased to report that cancer patients age 16 and older are included in the category of those with underlying health conditions. Anyone with a

Cancer can’t wait: Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN) tells provinces to prioritize COVID-19 vaccination of cancer patients to save lives

OTTAWA, ON, March 15, 2021 /CNW/ – It is critical that provinces and territories prioritize cancer patients and their caregivers during the second phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization states that “the goal of Canada‘s pandemic response is to minimize serious illness and death while minimizing societal disruption because of the COVID-19 pandemic.” 225,800 Canadians are diagnosed with cancer every year, but

COVID-19 & Mental Health

According to our Leger commissioned survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Patients and their Ability to Receive Treatment – Wave 2, cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and those awaiting confirmation of a diagnosis are currently experiencing levels of anxiety that are similar to levels seen during the first wave. Seventy-two percent of respondents in the second wave (vs. 74% in Wave 1) have reported