Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Canada’s vaccination rates have doubled in last five weeks; public health officials expect half of Canadians to get a second shot by mid-summer
- Ontario will use its existing supply of AstraZeneca for second COVID-19 doses
- Only 0.3 per cent of COVID-19 vaccines given so far were in low-income countries: Italian Premier
In the last 7 days, 33,715 cases were reported, down 25 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 293 deaths announced, down 14 per cent over the same period. At least 3,122 people are being treated in hospitals. Canada’s inoculation rate is 13th among countries with a population of one million or more people.
Sources: Canada data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data is from Johns Hopkins University.
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Coronavirus in Canada
- Ontario announced today that it would use its existing supply of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for second doses starting next week. Also today, the province said people living in long-term care can visit outdoors with family members and friends starting this weekend.
- The premier of Manitoba is asking Ottawa for dozens of health-care workers as the province sees record numbers of new COVID-19 infections and people in intensive care.
Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination rates have doubled in the last five weeks, hitting almost 20 million shots to date, the country’s deputy chief public health officer said.
- Daily COVID-19 infections have dropped by 25 per cent in the last seven days, Dr. Howard Njoo said today.
- The deputy chief public health officer urged Canadians to choose lower-risk outdoor activities over the upcoming long weekend, saying the country can’t risk a “post-holiday spike.”
Also today, Public Health officials say Canada will administer a second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to 20 per cent of Canadians in June, and reach 50 per cent second-dose coverage by July or August.
COVID-19 vaccines: Canada’s confirmed deliveries so far are falling short of expectations for the first half of 2021.
Coronavirus around the world
- In the United States, California said it will drop its physical distancing requirements and allow businesses to operate at full capacity when the state moves ahead with its reopening plan on June 15.
- Citing unreliable systems in many countries, the World Health Organization said today that the death tally from COVID-19 is likely to be significantly higher than officially counted. The global health body said that by May 20, at least 3.4 million people had died worldwide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus and business
Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech have pledged to deliver two billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to middle- and low-income countries over the next 18 months.
- Pfizer’s chief executive said the company expects to deliver a billion doses this year, and another billion in 2022. The company also said it adopted a tiered pricing model that would see lower- and middle-income countries pay less for the shots than wealthy nations.
- During a health summit today, Italy’s Premier said that only 0.3 per cent of the almost 1.5-billion COVID-19 vaccine shots administered so far were in low-income countries. Shots have been given in 180 countries to date.
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Sources: Canada data are compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins University and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data are from Johns Hopkins.