Albertans have had to navigate the tough grounds of the pandemic for the past 18 months. The Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases for the University of Manitoba, Dr. Jason Kindrachuk, says Alberta could have followed Manitoba’s strategy where they tried their reopening plan for a few weeks in the summer, but backtracked quickly.
“I think right now it’s about how you manage control of transmission, knowing that you’re potentially going to exhaust your health care system within the span of the next week and a half or so. We know that changes that come into effect now, probably aren’t going to make much of a dent in transmission in terms of numbers for the next couple of weeks.”
The Alberta government says over 79 per cent of eligible Albertans have gotten their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and over 71 per cent have received their second dose.