Experts say that a viral mutation can go both ways — a virus can mutate into a weaker and less infectious version or mutate into a more lethal and more contagious version. Unfortunately, a new COVID-19 mutation, called B.1.1.7, detected in the United Kingdom, could be 70 percent more transmissible. There also may be a South African variant, which some experts say is even more infectious.

The new strain has already been detected in 33 other countries and counting, including the United States and Canada. As of the day that this blog was written, Ontario reports six confirmed cases of the new coronavirus variant. This number is expected to rise rapidly.

The silver lining is that the virus doesn’t appear to be more lethal. Also, it doesn’t seem to be more resistant to vaccines. Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious diseases doctor and associate professor at McMaster University, says that the best way to continue the fight is to get vaccinated.

So far, Canada has secured multiple vaccines for its rollout:

  • Moderna’s Vaccine: The mRNA-1273 vaccine is developed by U.S. biotech company Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Studies show that the vaccine is 94.5% effective in protecting against COVID-19.
  • Pfizer’s Vaccine: German biotechnology company BioNTech and Pfizer have developed a vaccine that uses similar technology to mRNA-1273. This vaccine should be 95% effective at preventing COVID-19.

As experienced medical couriers — we’re ready to transport any medical parcel that can help fight against COVID-19. We have been in the business for several decades with our reliable services. In fact, we moved medical packages when Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) hit the country in 2003. At the time, 251 people were infected with SARS in Canada, with Toronto being the epicentre. The medical community learned many lessons from that outbreak that help us today.

We believe that we should continue to observe all safety protocols to continue the defence against COVID-19, regardless of the strain. Our highly trained couriers are certified and trained to transport your essential medical packages. They’re also trained to drive safely on the road to avoid any mishaps. For their safety and yours, they’re equipped with the best personal protective gear.

In addition, how we use technology helps keep our new and old clients safe. You can use our platform to remotely place orders and keep up with the latest information. Here are some more safety measures you can take:

  • Use a face mask or gloves when receiving and opening delivered packages
  • Wash your hands with soap immediately after opening the package
  • Disinfect packages with a wipe
  • Wait for 24 hours to open packages if they’re not urgent

At R Courier — you can keep track of your order by using our sophisticated ETA board with the following steps:

  • Click the ETA Board Login button located at the top of our webpage.
  • Use your account number, Web ID, and password to enter your account.
  • Click the Register button to register your company if you don’t have an account.
  • To register electronically, fill out the form or print a copy of the Fax Registration Form, and send it to R Courier at 416.633.7764. Feel free to call our Account Manager at 416.633.8183 for any assistance.
  • After logging into the ETA board, you’ll see your courier’s contact details, including their phone number. You can use this information to contact them if there’s an emergency.
  • The ETA board uses GPS technology to show you your package’s exact location.
  • Use the ETA board to learn when your parcel will be delivered and manage your busy schedule.
  • Check your invoices at any time to maintain your records.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us toll-free at 1.800.823.5223. You can also send us a fax at 416.633.7764 or email us at Although we’re located in Toronto, Ontario, we serve clients nationally and internationally.