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  1. Delays in Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine have disrupted Canada’s inoculation campaign, federal agency acknowledges
  2. Health Canada stands by approval of the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines
  3. Risk of blood clots is higher in people with COVID-19 than in those who have been vaccinated

In the last 7 days, 60,696 cases were reported, up 26% from the previous 7 days. There were 289 deaths announced, up 38% over the same period. At least 3,691 people are being treated in hospitals and 990,079 others are considered recovered.

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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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In Ottawa, shipments of hundreds of thousands of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shots have arrived later than expected, causing health officials to cancel appointments, reduce clinic capacity, or hold doses in reserve to prevent disruptions.

  • The last timely shipment of the Moderna vaccine arrived on March 11, according to data provided by Public Health Agency of Canada. Since then, hundreds of thousands of shots have arrived later than expected – a trend will continue in the weeks ahead, PHAC said.
  • The inconsistent deliveries are hindering efforts to speed up the vaccination campaigns, although some provinces acknowledge the issue is outside Ottawa’s control. Vaccine appointments have been cancelled in Manitoba and Alberta, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford has called the delays a “logistical nightmare.”
  • PHAC acknowledged Thursday the challenges disruptions in vaccine shipments from Moderna are causing across Canada, as it confirmed the next delivery will also be delayed.

COVID-19 third wave: The deputy chief public health officer said a faster vaccine ramp-up alone would likely not have prevented the third wave of COVID-19 in many parts of the country. Toronto’s ICUs are coping with the pressure and discussing the potential need to triage life-saving care.

COVID-19 vaccines: Canada’s procurement minister says the country is negotiating contracts for COVID-19 booster shots in 2022. Meanwhile, Health Canada stands by its approval of both the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

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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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