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Top headlines:

  1. Ontario Premier Doug Ford is threatening to boot two unvaccinated MPPs
  2. Millions of doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, produced at a South African factory, were secretly shipped to wealthy European countries, according to reports
  3. U.S. officials are recommending a third shot for Americans beginning in September

In the past seven days, 14,816 cases were reported, up 40 per cent from the previous seven days. There were 73 deaths announced, down 1 per cent over the same period. At least 653 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,412,679 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 9th 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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Photo of the day

A person receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the coronavirus disease at a mobile inoculation site in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, U.S., Aug. 18, 2021.DAVID DEE DELGADO/Reuters

Coronavirus in Canada

On the federal election campaign trail, Erin O’Toole said Conservative candidates who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 will have to submit to daily rapid tests. Both the federal Liberals and the NDP require their candidates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but the Tories do not.

Domestic travel: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said people who refuse COVID-19 vaccination will not be permitted to board domestic flights in Canada or travel interprovincially on trains.

🎧 The Decibel: Canada has officially entered its fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic – and it looks different. An epidemiologist explains why the highly infectious Delta variant is driving this wave, who is getting infected, and what measures we should take to avoid infecting vulnerable people.

Major-General Dany Fortin: The military officer who led Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution campaign has been charged with one count of sexual assault.

Coronavirus around the world

  • For months, while thousands were dying during the pandemic, South Africans wondered why their long-promised deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson had not yet arrived. According to reports, those millions of doses of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine, produced at a South African factory, had been shipped to European nations.
  • U.S. officials will offer a third shot to Americans who already received two vaccine doses. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is creating a new disease forecasting center to better predict and gauge emerging health threats.

Coronavirus and business

The biggest banks in the world plan to reopen their offices, emboldened by aggressive vaccination drives and falling COVID-19 cases.

  • The Bank of Canada will allow most of its staff to work remotely for half their working hours, while Royal Bank is exploring a flexible and hybrid work arrangement, and CIBC has plans to begin a phased return to office starting this fall.

Also today: Porter Airlines will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for employees

And: Live Nation Canada to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results at concerts

More reporting

  • Mental health must be part of the curriculum as students cope with COVID-19, say experts. “The only thing that a pandemic did in relation to mental health was really reveal the cracks in the system,” said student Amy Nam, executive director of a youth advocacy group
  • Pope Francis issued an appeal today urging people to get a COVID-19 vaccine for the good of all. “Thanks to God’s grace and to the work of many, we now have vaccines to protect us from COVID-19,” he said
  • Sports: F1′s Japanese Grand Prix has been cancelled for a second straight year due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Science literacy will be key in the ‘infodemics’ battle

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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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