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

Top headlines:

  1. The remaining school boards in Ontario that have been in virtual classrooms will be returning to in-class learning
  2. Canada is the only G7 country to draw on a supply of COVID-19 vaccines meant primarily for developing countries, known as the COVAX program
  3. A criminal group selling fake COVID-19 vaccines has been busted in China

In the last 7 days, 28,425 cases were reported, down 20 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 822 deaths announced, down 23 per cent over the same period. At least 3,286 people are being treated in hospitals and 721,078 others are considered recovered.

About 86 per cent of the 1,157,381 doses of vaccine distributed to provinces have been administered. That’s 2.6 doses for every 100 people in Canada.

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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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Local residents join a national clap beside a mural of Captain Tom Moore in East Belfast, Northern Ireland, today. Mr. Moore passed away Tuesday after being treated for COVID-19 and was known for his achievements raising millions of pounds for the National Health Service during the pandemic.Peter Morrison/The Associated Press

Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, Canada is the only G7 country to draw on a supply of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX, the program that aims to secure doses for 92 low- and middle-income countries, according to new data released Wednesday.

  • Canada has been told by COVAX to expect between 1.9 million and 3.2 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • Health justice advocates say Canada’s decision to take COVAX vaccines shows “how rich countries are hedging their bets” and demonstrates the fund is not a “sustainable solution” for lower- and middle-income countries.

COVID-19 vaccines: Canada will begin domestic production of COVID-19 vaccines at the end of 2021 – months after the government’s stated deadline to procure a dose for every Canadian who wants one.

Poverty: People experiencing homelessness should be given COVID-19 priority, advocates say.

Coronavirus around the world

  • Moderna’s failure to provide its vaccine to poorer countries is an example of the “vaccine apartheid,” as the South African government has described it.
  • A single dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine provides a high level of protection, according to a study backed by officials in Britain.
  • World Health Organization representatives visited China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, the site that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus and business

Millions of online shoppers have started to use buy now, pay later services – or BNPLs for short – as a way to manage the purchase of goods as online shopping proliferates during the pandemic.

  • Companies such as Sezzle, Afterpay, Uplift, PayBright, Affirm, Klarna, Flexiti and QuadPay are good for purchases as small as an eyeliner from Sephora, or an aromatherapy candle from Anthropologie. And the bonus? You get it right away.

Also today: An airline industry group says its recovery is threatened by the emergence of new COVID-19 variants and travel restrictions.

And: Spotify says the coronavirus crisis has caused the company to miss Wall Street estimates this quarter.

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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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