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Statement from Health Canada on Janssen COVID-19 vaccines and Emergent BioSolutions

| Health Canada | statements

On April 25, 2021, Health Canada issued a statement regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent inspection of the Emergent BioSolutions facility in Baltimore, Maryland, which noted multiple areas of concern. The Department continues to work with Janssen, AstraZeneca, and the FDA to ensure the facility meets manufacturing standards, and that all vaccine supplies for Canada are of high quality. Since issuing our statement, Health Canada has learned that a drug substance produced at the Emergent site was used in the manufacturing of the initial Janssen vaccines received on April 28 and intended for use in Canada.


Statement from Health Canada on AstraZeneca and Janssen COVID-19 vaccines produced at Emergent BioSolutions

| Health Canada | statements

Health Canada is aware of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent inspection of the Emergent BioSolutions facility in Baltimore, Maryland, which noted multiple areas of concern. Health Canada would like to reassure Canadians that all AstraZeneca vaccines imported into Canada from this facility are safe and of high quality. Janssen vaccines produced at this site have not entered the country.


Government of Canada Assessment Concludes that Talc May be Harmful to Human Health

| Health Canada | news releases

Under the Chemicals Management Plan, Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada have completed a final screening assessment of talc, a mineral used in many consumer products. Most uses of talc are not a concern to human health. However, based on the latest science and the final screening assessment completed in 2021, the Government of Canada concludes that talc may be harmful to lungs when inhaling certain loose talc powder products, and it may cause ovarian cancer when using certain self-care products containing talc in the female genital area.


Final screening assessment of talc under the Chemicals Management Plan

| Health Canada | backgrounders

Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada have completed a final screening assessment of talc under the Chemicals Management Plan. This final screening assessment is based on the latest scientific evidence, and supports the draft screening assessment released in 2018 by concluding that inhaling loose talc powders and using certain products containing talc in the female genital area may be harmful to human health. It also confirms that talc is not harmful to the environment.


Government of Canada Invests $46 Million to Expand Virtual Health Care Services in Ontario

| Health Canada | news releases

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced the signature of a bilateral agreement with Ontario to enhance the province’s virtual health services. Under the agreement, the province will invest federal funding in keeping with agreed-upon pan-Canadian priorities for accelerating virtual health care services during the pandemic.


Government of Canada announces funding to help reduce stigma and support families affected by the overdose crisis

| Health Canada | news releases

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced nearly $1.7 million in funding to projects led by the Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA) and Moms Stop the Harm (MSTH) to help organizations take action against stigma related to substance use and support families who are trying to help loved ones living with addiction or who have lost someone to overdose.


Government of Canada Invests nearly $16 Million to Expand Virtual Health Care Services in Alberta

| Health Canada | news releases

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced the signature of a bilateral agreement with Alberta to support efforts to expand virtual health care services for its residents. Under the agreement, the province will invest federal funding based on agreed-upon pan-Canadian priorities for accelerating virtual health care services during the pandemic.


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