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Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.

Top headlines:

  1. A standardized vaccine certificate for travel is being developed in Canada, government officials said, but provided few details
  2. Two of Canada’s biggest operators of long-term care homes paid annual bonuses to their top executives for 2020 – the year LTC homes were hardest-hit by the pandemic
  3. The kids are not all right: Educators fear that students will “deeply disengage” in learning, making it more challenging to bring them back to the classroom once it’s time to head back to class

In the last 7 days, 54,948 cases were reported, down 2 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 329 deaths announced, down 7 per cent over the same period. At least 4,257 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,141,859 others are considered recovered.

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Canada’s inoculation rate is 12th among 84 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.

Coronavirus explainers: Coronavirus in maps and chartsTracking vaccine dosesLockdown rules and reopeningVaccine distribution planFour vaccines approved in CanadaEssential resources

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People watch the cremation of people who died due to COVID-19 at Sahudangi Crematorium in India on May 4, 2021.

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Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, Tourism Minister Melanie Joly says Canada is working with international partners on a standard COVID-19 vaccine certification for international travel.

  • The Minister said Canada will “position ourself as a safe destination” as vaccines are rolled out around the world.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it makes sense for Canada and its partners to agree on “some sort of proof of vaccination or vaccine certification.”

COVID-19 vaccines: The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommended mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna over Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, because of the remote risk of blood clots in the latter. The new recommendations set off a firestorm of fear, and prompted the Canadian Pharmacists Association to weigh in.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is “extremely pleased” to have received the AstraZeneca shot, and that the only way to end the pandemic in the country is for every Canadian to get vaccinated.

COVID-19 and kids: Educators worry about absences as COVID-19 challenges continue for parents and students.

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Coronavirus around the world

Coronavirus and business

Long-term care homes were hard hit during the first wave of the pandemic. Meanwhile, two of Canada’s biggest long-term care operators paid annual bonuses to their top executives for 2020.

  • Extendicare Inc. paid full bonuses to several top executives after surpassing profit goals for 2020.
  • Sienna Senior Living Inc. decided to increase the bonuses it paid out despite reportedly missing its financial goals for profit and cash flow.

Also today: Class-action lawsuits have been launched by commercial property owners against insurers in Canada and abroad, yet most policyholders are finding that insurance does not cover them from damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

And: Air Passenger Rights, an advocacy group, flagged problems with refund rules to the Canadian government a year before the pandemic exacerbated the issue.

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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.

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