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- An Ontario doctor accused of spreading misinformation has been barred from issuing exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines, masking requirements and testing
- Pfizer submitted data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today for COVID-19 vaccine use in 5-11 year-olds. Authorization for the shot could come by the end of October, according to a source
- A massive transition away from employment insurance is under way for workers as COVID-19 assistance programs change or expire
In the past seven days, 30,138 cases were reported, down 2 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 263 deaths announced, up 17 per cent over the same period. At least 2,465 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,543,380 others are considered recovered.
Canada’s inoculation rate is 12th 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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- In British Columbia, children under 10 – who are ineligible for a COVID-19 vaccine – currently have the highest per capita infection rates in the province, leading parents to call for stricter health measures and tracking in schools. And, the provincial health officer ordered regional restrictions for eastern Fraser Valley due to a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases.
- Amid a spike in infections in long-term care, Quebec will begin to offer third shots of COVID-19 vaccines to residents at the end of October. The province reported 469 new infections today and six deaths linked to COVID-19.
- An Ontario family doctor accused of spreading COVID-19 misinformation is now barred from providing medical exemptions regarding COVID-19 vaccines, masking requirements and testing. Health units in the province are developing plans for vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 once COVID-19 shots are approved for them. Provincial modelling numbers released on Tuesday show that Ontario is doing much better overall than Western provinces in combatting the virus. Meanwhile, the province reported 466 new infections and nine deaths from COVID-19.
- Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, facing consistently high COVID-19 cases that are pushing the health system to the brink of collapse, is rejecting new measures and a so-called “firebreak” lockdown of the economy.
- A growing fourth wave of COVID-19 in Atlantic Canada is pushing hospitals to the limit, causing delays in testing results and closing schools in some parts of the region.
Booster shots: The National Advisory Committee on Immunization says seniors in long-term care homes need a COVID-19 vaccine booster immediately to protect them from the virus.
COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer and BioNTech have submitted trial data for their COVID-19 vaccine in 5-11 year-olds and said they will soon make a formal request for emergency use in the coming weeks. Review and authorization for the vaccine may come within weeks, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Coronavirus and business
More than 300,000 Canadians stopped receiving jobless benefits through employment insurance in mid-September – likely because people who immediately migrated to EI from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) last fall have now exhausted their maximum 50 weeks of eligibility for jobless aid.
- The key question is whether the Liberal Party will seek to extend COVID-19 programs again as parts of the country grapple with a fourth wave of infections.
- Stephen Brown, senior Canada economist at Capital Economics, wrote Monday there could soon be an increase in job seekers as benefit programs wind down.
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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.