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  1. An Ontario doctor accused of spreading misinformation has been barred from issuing exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines, masking requirements and testing
  2. 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
  3. 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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Coronavirus in Canada

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.

And: The pandemic has helped almost all companies realize that foosball tables aren’t the key to retaining talent

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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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