Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally admitting its role in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths over the past two decades. In a virtual hearing with a federal judge in Newark, N.J., the OxyContin maker admitted impeding the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s efforts to combat the addiction crisis. Purdue also acknowledged that it had not maintained an effective program to prevent prescription drugs from being diverted to the black market, even though it had told the DEA it did have such a program, and that it provided misleading information to the agency as a way to boost company manufacturing quotas. It also admitted paying doctors through a speakers program to induce them to write more prescriptions for its painkillers.
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Get ready, Canada: Another test of emergency public alert system is coming to a screen or device near you
Canadians across the country, except for those living in Nunavut, can expect to have their Wednesday interrupted by an emergency public alert that will be broadcast on television and radio and sent to compatible mobile devices as part of a nationwide test of the system. The exact time of the test will vary depending on the province or territory, according to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The alerts are intended to warn Canadians of potentially life-threatening situations. “The messages will be identified as test alerts and will not require Canadians to take action,” the CRTC said in a statement issued Tuesday.
The federal government has signed a deal to secure up to 26,000 doses of a COVID-19 therapeutic drug from Eli Lilly, with the option to receive thousands more, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday. He also sought to temper Canadians’ expectations around the timing and rollout of an eventual vaccine or vaccines to immunize against the novel coronavirus. “To keep Canadians safe, we need access to as many potential vaccines and treatments as possible,” Trudeau said during his Rideau Cottage address on Tuesday. Trudeau said that, while there has been promising news about some vaccine candidates that Canada will receive millions of doses of, it will still be months before vaccines are expected to arrive on Canadian soil.
Since Canada’s travel restrictions on non-essential international travellers came into effect in mid-March, more than 335,000 foreign nationals have flown into this country, and 154 national interest exemptions have been granted, according to figures tabled in the House of Commons. According to the Canada Border Services Agency, as of October 335,872 travellers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents have flown to Canada since the federal Quarantine Act was imposed, limiting non-essential travel and imposing a 14-day self-isolation on people entering Canada from abroad. The CBSA was unable to provide a breakdown of the reasons for their entry.
A Toronto doctor who lost three patients to the coronavirus in 36 hours says he’s dismayed by holiday shoppers lining up at malls for discounts while hospitals surpass capacity thresholds amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an emotional interview on CTV News Channel, infectious disease specialist Dr. Abdu Sharkawy described the difference between life inside the COVID-19 ward and outside of it as “night and day.” “The COVID ward is a place of desolation. It’s a place of quiet — an eerie sense of quiet — where there’s very little in the way of human contact and connection that patients would ordinarily have from their family and their loved ones. Because patients are in individual rooms, they’re isolated in the truest sense,” he said Monday.
For five months this year, Montreal paramedics were told to suspend resuscitation efforts on patients whose hearts had stopped, since it was seen as too risky at a time when COVID-19 wasn’t well understood. “During the summer and spring we just modified our protocol to protect the paramedic, to protect the health system, to protect the people—all people—because we didn’t know… how to protect ourselves, how contagious it was,” said Pierre-Patrick Dupont, the director of care at the Urgences-Santé paramedic service, which serves Montreal and Laval. The decision was made in conjunction with Quebec’s health ministry and its college of physicians, he said in an interview with CTV News. The move was first reported by Le Devoir newspaper.
After Trudeau Claimed Canada Would Be First In Line, It Turns Out Mexico, Germany, The United States, The UK, And More Will Likely Roll Out Vaccines First
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Many months ago, Justin Trudeau claimed Canada would be first in line for China virus vaccines. It turns out, that’s not the case. It appears that the UK, Mexico, the United States, Germany, and more will be rolling out vaccines ahead of us. The UK says a vaccine could be distributed as soon as December 1st. In the US, it could start around December 12th. In Mexico, they are looking at mid December. Germany may also distribute relatively soon. And now, with the Trudeau government spinning their way around the fact that Canada doesn’t seem to have a vaccine distribution plan or a timetable, the Opposition has been slamming what appears to be yet another broken promise.
OTTAWA — A lack of vaccine-production capabilities in Canada means the United States, Britain, Germany and other countries could have some of their citizens inoculated against COVID-19 before Canadians start to get shots, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. “One of the things to remember is Canada no longer has any domestic production capacity for vaccines,” Trudeau said during his regular COVID-19 news conference outside his home in Ottawa.
Despite the Quarantine Act being invoked in March, nearly 336,000 foreigners flew into Canada in a six-month period, according to data reported by Blacklock’s Reporter. Cabinet invoked the act on March 26 in an attempt to restrict non-essential travel and get visitors self-isolating for 14 days after arrival.
A man accused of breathing on anti-Trump protesters outside the president’s golf club in Sterling, Virginia, was charged with misdemeanor assault. Kathy Beynette told News4 that she and another woman were protesting President Trump outside the Trump National Golf Club on Saturday. Across the street, a group of Trump supporters were counter protesting… “Then, quite out of nowhere, the guy came over from across the street, came charging across the street,” Beynette said… In the video, a woman can be heard telling him, “You’re in my face and you don’t have a mask, so you need to back off.” The man then takes a deep breath and blows. “He just proceeded to assault us by taking a deep breath and doing a very powerful exhalation on both of us,” Beynette said.