Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- The Pfizer shot has emerged as the perceived gold standard in mRNA vaccines. Here’s how brand preference is playing out in the Canadian vaccine rollout
- As one of the most disrupted school years winds down, parents, educators and doctors are wondering what the next school year will look like
- Through long-term studies, scientists are answering the question: How long will immunity to COVID-19 last after vaccination?
In the last 7 days, 6,707 cases were reported, down 27 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 145 deaths announced, down 30 per cent over the same period. At least 1,011 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,370,999 others are considered recovered.
Canada’s inoculation rate is 10th 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
- A patient at a hospital in Alberta who died after contracting the more-contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 was fully vaccinated. Experts say it’s rare, but not unexpected. The province is following through with plans to virtually lift all public health restrictions – permanently, the Premier says – on Canada Day.
- Ontario’s Pfizer delivery for this coming week is behind by two to three days, a provincial spokesperson said. Meanwhile, the province reported 318 new cases today.
- In Quebec, Health Minister Christian Dubé is encouraging residents inoculated against COVID-19 to get their proof of vaccination if they haven’t done so already.
- A post-pandemic society is emerging on the west coast as B.C. Premier John Horgan announced the province’s latest step toward easing COVID-19 restrictions.
- In Yukon, a group of graduating teens who attended a prom event are being asked to self-isolate after a possible exposure.
The pandemic has given some fathers a newfound understanding of just how difficult it is to raise kids and run a household – work that often falls to women. But it has also opened the door for fathers to do better.
- Fathers are spending more time with their children and contributing more around the house. It’s an encouraging start, but to build lasting change, experts say social policies that encourage fathers to do more are needed.
Immunity: Globe reporter Ivan Semeniuk undergoes COVID-19 antibody testing to possibly determine how long immunity could last.
Vaccine shoppers: The Moderna vaccine has proved to be equally safe and effective in clinical trials as the Pfizer vaccine. But, some Canadians are still turning it down.
Coronavirus around the world
- The U.S. sent 2.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan on Sunday, tripling an earlier pledge.
- A member of Uganda’s Olympic team has tested positive for the coronavirus and was barred entry into Japan.
- Brazilians protested against President Jair Bolsonaro’s pandemic response over the weekend - and his role in the country’s half a million COVID-19 deaths.
- In the latest reversal, AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine recipients were told they can now attend Springsteen on Broadway in the U.S.
- India, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines, wants to resume exports of coronavirus vaccines.
Coronavirus and business
Restaurants across Canada have been grappling with rising food prices since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- High shipping rates, delays and increases in grain costs have sent food prices soaring for restaurants already hurt by pandemic restrictions and closures.
- Some restauranteurs have been getting supplies from local sources to offset increased costs.
Also today: Investors are betting that the Bank of Canada’s next cycle of rate hikes, expected to begin in 2022, will result in interest rates climbing above the previous peak for the first time in decades.
And: After hitting dizzying heights, lumber prices have dropped 38 per cent from record highs set only four weeks ago. COVID-19 prompted the biggest rally the industry has ever seen.
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- Eric Reguly: No more masks: Israel returning to normal after one of the world’s most successful COVID-19 vaccination campaigns
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- Waiting for a second dose? We answer your COVID-19 vaccine questions
- Can your workplace mandate COVID-19 vaccinations?
- Montreal Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme feels ‘helpless’ watching Habs from home after positive COVID-19 test
- How well do vaccines work? Here’s what you need to know.
- Rob Carrick’s 10-point checklist of things you should have done by now to protect or improve your money situation. Tips for minimizing damage to your credit score; how to manage retirement anxiety during difficult times; and things to think about if you’re considering home delivery.
- Here are the expectations for self-isolation; tips for managing anxiety and protecting your mental health; and what to do if you think you have the virus. Wash your hands. How to break a bad habit (like touching your face). Is flying safe?
- The best foods to eat to maintain an immune system-friendly diet; and how to keep a healthy diet while working from home; four eating tips when working from home; and five mistakes that might cause you to gain unwanted weight. Here are the essentials to stock up on and how to shop safely for groceries; the best pantry staples and how to stop stress-eating.
- Find answers to your coronavirus and employment questions.
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.