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How do we know the COVID-19 vaccines are safe?

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Text on-screen: "COVID-19 vaccines were authorized quickly. How do we know they are safe?"

Text on-screen: Vaccine Safety: COVID-19 Vaccines Explained

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Text on-screen: Dr. Supriya Sharma, Chief Medical Advisor, Health Canada

Dr. Sharma: The COVID-19 vaccines went through exactly the same type of review that any vaccine would.

In Health Canada, we've dedicated special teams that are only reviewing these vaccines and they look at the same amount of data as they would for any vaccine that would be authorized in Canada.

They just do that faster. So, the teams are only working on one COVID-19 vaccine at a time; they are working 24/7; and they are making sure that all of the data shows us that these vaccines are safe and effective and that ultimately the benefits outweigh the potential risks.

Text on-screen: Got questions?

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Text on-screen: Are the vaccines effective? Are side effects common? What is an mRNA vaccine?

Text on-screen: Good. We've got answers. Canada.ca/covid-vaccine

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