Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on January 31 said he has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a social media post, Trudeau said was "fine" and would be working remotely this week.
"This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19. I’m feeling fine – and I’ll continue to work remotely this week while following public health guidelines. Everyone, please get vaccinated and get boosted," he tweeted.
Trudeau was already under home isolation since the past week, after one of his children were infected with the contagious disease.
The Canadian prime minister was detected with COVID-19 infection two days after massive protests were held in Ottawa against the government's vaccine mandates.
Frequently Asked Questions
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.
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Trudeau and his family were, on January 29, reportedly moved from their home in Ottawa to an unknown location amid security concerns as thousands of protesters gathered in the national capital in trucker convoys to protest vaccine mandates, masks and lockdowns.
The Canadian government had, in December last year, made vaccination mandatory for all employees at federally regulated workplaces. Earlier this month, Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced that provinces were also allowed to introduce vaccine mandates for employees.
Canada, which has a high vaccination rate of over 81 percent, has also authorised the use of booster doses since November 2021.