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

Top headlines:

  1. Ontario students will not return to in-person classes this school year, Premier Doug Ford announced today
  2. Canada is doubling its cash commitment to the global sharing program known as COVAX, but isn’t sending any actual doses this month despite desperate pleas
  3. Inside L6P: COVID-19 hit home in a very real way for this Brampton, Ont. journalist

In the last 7 days, 17,170 cases were reported, down 33 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 251 deaths announced, down 15 per cent over the same period. At least 2,095 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,330,389 others are considered recovered.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 16th among countries with a population of one million or more people.

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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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A social worker volunteer – dressed as a clown – checks his phone while sitting inside a car on the way to spread awareness about COVID-19 safety protocols, in Mumbai, on June 2, 2021.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, the federal government said it will donate another $220-million to the vaccine-sharing alliance COVAX to help purchase doses for 92 low and middle-income countries.

  • When first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses are factored in, Canada has given out 64 doses for every 100 people in the country.
  • More than two dozen countries, mostly in Africa, have given out fewer than one dose per 100 people.
  • COVAX has distributed 77 million vaccine doses so far, and aims to get two billion delivered by the end of the year.

Inside L6P: “We did our best to stay strong – but when I tested positive, I lost my emotional strength,” writes Brampton journalist Vrunda Bhatt. Read her essay in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, or Gujarati.

Coronavirus around the world

  • The European Union will keep an economic safety net in place next year to help member nations recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • U.S. drug maker Moderna is gearing up to halve the dose of its COVID-19 vaccine so that it can also be used to combat variants and inoculate children.

Coronavirus and business

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is signalling her displeasure over millions of dollars in bonuses to Air Canada’s executives as the company negotiated a federal bailout.

  • In a lengthy comment today, Freeland said she was disappointed in how some businesses seem not to be behaving as responsible corporate citizens while receiving taxpayer-funded federal aid to survive the pandemic.

Also today: Boeing – reeling from an air-travel collapse caused by the pandemic – faces a multibillion-dollar dilemma over how to rebuild sales in core airliner business.

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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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