Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- A growing number of Canadian parents who’ve received a second dose are staring down months in pandemic purgatory, uncertain of what the rules will be for partly vaccinated families
- Canada is redirecting 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine and sending them to low-income countries to help boost global vaccination rates
- Health Canada is monitoring reports of rare heart inflammation in young men who’ve received the mRNA vaccine
In the last 7 days, 9,616 cases were reported, down 33 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 203 deaths announced, down 13 per cent over the same period. At least 1,440 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,357,493 others are considered recovered.
Canada’s inoculation rate is 12th 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
- Alberta announced three $1-million lottery prizes to incentivize people to get vaccinated shortly after Premier Jason Kenney expressed concern about “diminishing demand for the first dose of the vaccines” and said the province isn’t on track to meet the vaccine threshold for the Stage 3 reopening.
- Since British Columbia began its vaccine program in December, workers in long-term care homes have had the choice over whether to be vaccinated. But, amid new outbreaks, officials are rethinking that policy.
- Ontario is reporting 530 new COVID-19 infections and seven more deaths today.
- Quebec reported 151 new cases of COVID-19 today, and provincial tallies have been fewer than 200 new cases a day for more than a week. Health Minister Christian Dubé says the average number of new cases is still higher than it was at the same time last year, ahead of a COVID-19 resurgence that took place in the fall.
In Ottawa, Canada recently announced that relaxed measures are coming for fully vaccinated residents. But what about their unvaccinated children?
- COVID-19 vaccines are not expected to be available to children under 12 until mid-autumn at the earliest. In the meantime, a growing number of Canadian moms and dads who’ve received a second dose or booked an appointment are now left wondering: What will the restrictions be on their partially vaccinated families?
- The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only one approved for people 12 to 17 in Canada. September is the expected timeline for approved vaccine use for children.
G7: Canada will donate 13 million vaccine doses as part of a commitment by the leaders of the G7 countries to immediately donate at least 870 million doses to dose-sharing program COVAX.
Canada-U.S. border: Justin Trudeau says he spoke with U.S. President Joe Biden about how to lift pandemic-related border restrictions between the two countries. However, no reopening agreement was made.
Coronavirus around the world
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released details on the failures at a Baltimore vaccine plant that led to 75 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses being tossed.
- G7 leaders are pressing China for “a timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based WHO-convened Phase 2 COVID-19 Origins study.”
- Amid surging case counts, Moscow announced it would give away free cars in a prize draw for residents of Russia’s capital city who get the COVID-19 shot in an effort to speed up the sluggish rate of vaccinations.
Coronavirus and business
Scores of fairs and exhibitions across Canada, both urban and rural, are facing financial difficulties as they are forced to stay closed for a second season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- The Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions this week said 32 per cent of organizations that hold these summer staples are at risk of folding.
And: Restaurants in Canada are pressing for food-delivery caps on apps to remain permanent in order to bolster their postpandemic recovery.
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- The dating scene is heating up for single-dosed singles in Canada
- The G7 leaders agreed on a plan to cut the time it takes to develop vaccines and to bolster global surveillance networks ahead of the next global outbreak
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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.