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Canada set to receive 1M Pfizer-BioNTech doses, Moderna playing catch-up

Canada set to receive 1M Pfizer-BioNTech doses, Moderna playing catch-up

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military officer overseeing the federal government’s vaccination distribution effort, blamed the delay in Moderna’s planned delivery on a “backlog with quality assurance."
Younger, healthier people need intensive care quickly with variants of COVID-19: Tam

Younger, healthier people need intensive care quickly with variants of COVID-19: Tam

Several jurisdictions are reporting that a majority of patients in hospital are under age 60.
Almost 2.2 million more vaccine doses coming to Canada this week as COVID-19 cases spike

Almost 2.2 million more vaccine doses coming to Canada this week as COVID-19 cases spike

By the end of the first quarter, Canada had received a total of 9.5 million doses – ahead of the 6 million originally promised by the federal government despite production disruptions that slowed vaccine supply to a trickle in February and early March.
High vaccination rates decreasing COVID-19 cases in Indigenous communities

High vaccination rates decreasing COVID-19 cases in Indigenous communities

OTTAWA — The number of active COVID-19 cases in First Nations communities has declined by 80 per cent since mid-January thanks to the high uptake of vaccines, says the top doctor at Indigenous Services Canada. Dr.
Officials seek to convince skeptical public of vaccine safety

Officials seek to convince skeptical public of vaccine safety

OTTAWA — Canada's deputy chief public health officer wouldn't hesitate to roll up his sleeve if the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine were offered to him tomorrow, he said this week. Dr. Howard Njoo, along with chief public health officer Dr.
Pandemic exhaustion could drive some to gather for Easter despite warnings

Pandemic exhaustion could drive some to gather for Easter despite warnings

The second Easter weekend of the pandemic has become an emblem of exhaustion over public health measures, some say, as politicians across much of Canada warn families not to gather in person for the holiday.
What we know about J&J's single-dose vaccine, set to arrive at the end of April

What we know about J&J's single-dose vaccine, set to arrive at the end of April

Canada will soon add another COVID-19 vaccine to its supply, with procurement minister Anita Anand announcing this week that initial shipments of Johnson & Johnson's single-dose jab are to arrive by the end of April.
Governments investing in new vaccine-manufacturing plant in Toronto

Governments investing in new vaccine-manufacturing plant in Toronto

TORONTO — The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing in a new influenza vaccine manufacturing facility in Toronto, sources tell The Canadian Press.
Pandemic spending sent federal deficit to $268 billion in January, feds say

Pandemic spending sent federal deficit to $268 billion in January, feds say

The deficit from April 2020 to January 2021 compares to a deficit of $10.6 billion over the same period one year earlier.
'Stronger' measures needed across Canada to suppress COVID-19 resurgence: Tam

'Stronger' measures needed across Canada to suppress COVID-19 resurgence: Tam

Longer-range forecast models predict a resurgence of COVID-19 infections unless public health measures are enhanced and strictly followed, Dr. Theresa Tam said in a written statement.