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

Top headlines:

  1. The federal government says it still can’t tell provinces exactly how many Pfizer-BioNTech doses to expect over the next month. Canada won’t receive any doses next week because of supply problems
  2. New indicators suggest that some of the new mutations may undermine tests for the virus and reduce the effectiveness of antibody drugs as treatments, scientists warn
  3. Ontario’s decision to continue virtual learning has intensified the debate around transmission rates in schools
  4. A neonatal intensive-care nurse from London, Ont., who spoke at an anti-lockdown rally in Washington, D.C., has been fired, her employer said

In the last 7 days, 45,278 cases were reported, down 19 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 1,031 deaths announced, up 3 per cent over the same period. At least 4,535 people are being treated in hospitals and 630,430 others are considered recovered.

About 75 per cent of the 872,940 doses of vaccine distributed to provinces have been administered. That’s 1.7 doses for every 100 people in Canada.

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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The Field of Flags is pictured today on the National Mall, representing the American people unable to attend the inauguration ceremonies for president-elect Joe Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris in Washington. Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris will be sworn into office tomorrow.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images


Coronavirus in Canada


In Ottawa, the federal government said it will not receive any shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine next week and can’t tell the provinces how many doses to expect over the next month.

  • “Our entire shipment is deferred,” said Major-General Dany Fortin, who is in charge of co-ordinating vaccine rollout for Canada. He said shipments will “pick back up again” in the first week of February, but did not offer specific figures on doses.
  • Canada was to get more than 417,000 doses Pfizer’s vaccine this week and next, but will now get just 171,093 doses this week and nothing the next week.
  • As a result of the delay, provinces are rationing their stock of vaccines.

Lockdown and youth: For many LGBTQ youth, moving home during lockdown means returning to unaccepting and homophobic relatives. New research shows many, fearing for their safety, are going back into the closet.

Remote school: Some teachers say that parents are interrupting lessons, ignoring directives from the school board to not disturb classes.


Coronavirus around the world


Coronavirus and business

Loblaw Cos. Ltd. is the third-worst performing stock in the S&P/TSX Composite Index since the market hit rock bottom on March 23.

  • It’s surprising. When panicked shoppers stripped supermarket shelves bare, few would have predicted the big chains would be among the absolute worst-performing Canadian stocks 10 months later.
  • But costs related to the pandemic, such as personal protective equipment for staff, higher labour expenses and enhanced store cleaning put pressure on the bottom lines for Loblaw and other retailers.

Also today: The World Economic Forum’s annual Global Risks Report lists climate change, extreme weather and biodiversity loss as the main global threats in the coming years, and notes infectious diseases such as COVID-19 are concerning in the long term.


Globe opinion

  • Isaac Bogoch and Goldy Hyder: We can’t afford to rely on vaccines alone as the solution to the pandemic. We need other tools such as rapid testing.
  • Julia M. Wright: We have pulled together to protect each other during a pandemic. We now need to pull together to build a stronger, more resilient public infrastructure with the capacity to handle the unexpected.
  • Meric Gertler: With Trump’s exit follows his closed-door immigration policy, which in turn makes attracting global talent more challenging. Canada will have to navigate these changes to compete with the global work force.
  • Nik Nanos: Do Canadians feel optimistic about the vaccines’ ability to conquer the virus? Or are delays and mutations getting the population bogged down? Here’s what the data says.

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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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