Manitoba's reopening plan lacks key details, experts say

Manitoba's reopening plan lacks key details, experts say

Some infectious disease experts say the first glimpse of Manitoba's reopening plan on Thursday lacked key details — especially as cases of a more contagious coronavirus variant that vaccines appear to be less effective against have surged in recent days. Epidemiologist Souradet Shaw said he was glad to see Manitoba's reopening strategy involves targets for people getting both their first and second vaccine doses. But he thought there should have also been an emphasis on indicators like case counts, intensive care admissions and test positivity rates. "Although I certainly appreciate the province coming up with a plan, I think the plan lacks substantive detail," said Shaw, an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba and Canada Research Chair in program science and global public health. "And in public health, unfortunately, the devil is always in the details." At a news conference on Thursday, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba's chief public health officer, laid out the broad strokes of the province's path out of COVID-19 restrictions based on vaccination rates over the summer months. That plan is tied …
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