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

Top headlines:

  1. While evading the federal government’s procurement procedures, Manitoba is preparing to buy two million doses of a prospective vaccine from Canadian company Providence Therapeutics
  2. Ontario is moving March Break to April in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19
  3. The single biggest shipment of vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech is scheduled to arrive in Canada next week, Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin says

In the last 7 days, 23,433 cases were reported, down 15 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 575 deaths announced, down 32 per cent over the same period. At least 2,664 people are being treated in hospitals and 758,332 others are considered recovered.

About 91 per cent of the 1,299,625 doses of vaccine distributed to provinces have been administered. That’s 3.1 doses for every 100 people in Canada.

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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An aerial view of mass vaccination sites at Dodger Stadium, as the city of Los Angeles, expected to exhaust its supply of first-dose Moderna vaccines today, slows to a close for a few days.MIKE BLAKE/Reuters

Coronavirus in Canada

Vaccine deliveries to Canada are set to more than quadruple next week with the biggest shipment yet from Pfizer.

  • Pfizer has confirmed it will ship 400,000 doses of its vaccine to Canada starting Monday, said the head of Canada’s vaccine rollout campaign.
  • Over the next four weeks, Canada should get almost 1.8 million doses from Pfizer, and another 168,000 from Moderna.

COVID-19 vaccines: Pharmacy chains in Canada say they are ready to help with the country’s vaccination campaign, and could ramp up in as little as 48 to 72 hours if necessary.

COVID-19 vaccines: Almost two in three Canadians trust that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, according to a new poll.

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Coronavirus and business

The Business Council of Canada, the country’s most influential business lobby, is calling for a national “all-hands-on-deck” effort to vaccinate and rapidly test Canadians as the way to revive the economy.

  • Executives at the Business Council said business leaders across the country are “ready and eager” to offer their expertise to help the vaccination effort.
  • The business leaders said a commitment to “widespread and frequent rapid testing and screening” will be necessary to get the economy working at full steam.
  • They argue the federal government needs to “co-ordinate purchases on a massive scale” while working hand-in-hand with the provinces and health officials across the country.

Also today: Manufacturer Bombardier announced it will cut 1,600 positions and end the production of the Learjet, citing a decline in demand during the pandemic.

And: Cineplex is reporting an 80.3-per-cent audience decline year over year, as many of its theatres across the country were forced to close because of COVID-19, yet the company’s CEO is still optimistic about the future.

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