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

Top headlines:

  1. Following a promising trial in the United States, Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 12 and older
  2. The Biden administration announced it is in favour of allowing a temporary waiver on COVID-19 vaccine patents – a policy reversal that left a G7 meeting in disarray
  3. Camping gear is the pandemic’s next in-demand item

There have been 1,257,320 cases of COVID-19 reported in Canada. 24,453 people have died and another 1,150,213 have recovered. There are currently 4,154 patients in hospitals due to COVID-19, 1,429 of whom are in the ICU.

Canada’s inoculation rate is 13th among 84 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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People line up for their shots at a walk-in mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Masjid Assuna mosque on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Montreal.Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, Health Canada approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in children as young as 12 years.

  • Health Canada made the move following a trial in the United States of more than 2,200 youth between the ages of 12 and 15 which shows the vaccine is both safe and effective for kids in that age group.
  • The Pfizer vaccine had previously only been approved for those aged 16 and up.

NACI’s concerns: Following NACI recommendations that Canadians who consider themselves at low risk from the coronavirus would be better off to wait for the mRNA vaccines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau countered: “The most important thing is to get vaccinated with the first vaccine offered.”

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Coronavirus and business

Outdoor retailers are struggling to keep up with demand for camping equipment ahead of a second COVID-19 summer.

  • Business owners say consumers are shopping much earlier than they used to to avoid being disappointed by sold-out items, as demand grows for equipment and manufacturers struggle with shipping issues and shortages in materials.

Also today: The outlook for condos was dire in Toronto at the beginning of the pandemic, according to one realtor. Fast-forward one year, and sales are now on the upswing.

And: A house in Toronto’s High Park neighbourhood sells for $477,000 over asking

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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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