By the end of March, a group of scientists and hematologists met through a Zoom conference and decided how to fight against COVID-19. They started the biggest trial in which a thousand patients, forty Canadian hospitals, and the doctors from the University of Ottawa, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, McMaster, University of Montreal, and others were involved. The blood transfusion experts will use the plasma of the individuals who bet the virus to try to cure the infected patients. Convalescent Plasma is the fluid in the blood filled with antibodies that fight the virus. The infected patients will be injected with the plasma of the patients who bet the virus. However, the plasma extracted from the body of the patients who were cured needs to be tested on the number of antibodies before it can be used. At the early stages of the virus, infected bodies are unable to produce antibodies. The USA, China, Singapore, and South Korea, already tested the method. Some hospitals use the same method to treat COVID-19, that they use to treat malaria. Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec will manage blood donation and transportation. This method might fail completely, yet it is worth pursuing. Patients whose states are so severe that they need to be ventilated will have an opportunity to take part in the trials.
Bio-Tech industry has a big influence on Canada’s economy during the pandemic
2019 was a good year for Canada. The country had the 9th biggest economy in the world. However, 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic was hard on Canada. Some businesses are still closed; others depend heavily on government subsidies. It may take Canada a couple of years to recover from the economic damage the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted upon its economy. The businesses that manage to keep working are large digital technology firms, such as iGaming. Online casino industry is a sector that is growing quite fast and is very quick to adopt new technologies. Several years ago, even before the Bitcoin boom, iGaming platforms started accepting digital currencies in Canada. Country created very liberal rules for iGaming platforms to make sure that industry could dominate the world market. In just a few years after transforming from traditional to digital gaming, real money casino games online became a worldwide trend. Canadian iGaming industry grew rapidly and contribution to the economy has doubled in just two years. Online gaming industry is just one simple example of how effective the liberal approach of government could be for any industry. Canada actively supports the digital economy. In 2019 the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Industry published a digital charter. A document that laid out a plan for the development of the digital economy of the country. It states that the Canadian government will support the businesses on every stage of development and the citizens of every age to enhance their digital skills and welcome digital technologies in their businesses and/or everyday lives. In July Canada recognized the firms that deal with digital currencies as Money Service Businesses (MSB). Regulating cryptocurrencies will make it easier for citizens to trust the businesses and start using more digital currencies..
Canada Confirms More Than 112,200 Cases of COVID-19
3,616,652 people were tested in Canada for COVID-19. At the moment, Canada has 112,206 COVID-19 cases, 98,127 of which recovered. 5,209 of them are still active cases. Of the 106,997 active cases, the country has 8,870 cases that resulted in death. Quebec has the biggest number of infected patients 57,796, of which 50,373 recovered and 5,662 died. Ontario comes the second with a total of 37,942 cases, 33,812 recoveries, and 2,755 deaths. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 64% of infected people got COVID-19 even though they did not travel or were close to an infected person. It can be very hard to track the source of the virus because some carriers are asymptomatic. However, even if a patient is asymptomatic, the virus is attacking the organs and the results might be visible months later. 36% of cases are people infected from outside the country or people exposed to someone returning to Canada. Retirement facilities and the indigenous communities were hit especially hard because people live close to each other. Even though some businesses reopen, the authorities strongly advise to wear a mask and keep social distance to avoid a second wave of the virus.