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

Top headlines:

  1. 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
  2. As one of the most disrupted school years winds down, parents, educators and doctors are wondering what the next school year will look like
  3. 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.

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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.

Coronavirus explainers: Coronavirus in maps and chartsTracking vaccine dosesLockdown rules and reopeningVaccine distribution planFour vaccines approved in CanadaEssential resources

Photo of the day

Hundreds of red roses were 'planted' during an event to pay homage to the over 500,000 registered victims of coronavirus and protest against the government's response to the pandemic organized by ONG Rio de Paz at Copacabana Beach on June 20, 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The death toll in Brazil surpassed 500,000 people on Saturday, June 19. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who initially downplayed the virus, undergoes a Congress probe on his government's mismanagement of the pandemic.

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Coronavirus in Canada

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

Coronavirus and business

Restaurants across Canada have been grappling with rising food prices since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • 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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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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