Canada buys additional 20 million Pfizer vaccine doses

FILE- Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at a lab in Surrey B.C. on Thursday

FILE- Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at a lab in Surrey B.C. on Thursday

Quebec hospitals have 1,497 COVID-19 patients, including 221 in intensive care.

Students in Alberta resumed in-class learning yesterday.

Saskatchewan is reporting 932 new vaccinations administered for a total of 9,880 doses given.

The order also restricts hours for non-essential retailers offering curbside pickup, and limits outdoor gatherings to a maximum of five people, instead of 10.

Ontario is expected to receive more than 1 million doses while Manitoba will get more than 101,000 doses. Most states initially reserved the vaccines for healthcare workers and people in nursing homes; some states have now opened vaccinations to all older people.

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Among them, 4,165 had been discharged from hospitals following recovery, and 286 remained hospitalised. Tuesday saw 38 asymptomatic cases newly reported, of whom three arrived from outside the mainland.

"Pfizer and BioNTech's Phase 3 study for the COVID-19 vaccine was created to evaluate the vaccine's safety and efficacy following a two-dose schedule, separated by 21 days", Christina Antoniou said. Canada's population is just over 38 million.

The first shipment of vaccine doses arrived in Quebec on December 13, and Canada's vaccination program formally began soon after with the first vaccinations in Ontario and Quebec.

Meanwhile, 236 candidate vaccines are still being developed worldwide - 63 of them in clinical trials - in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain and the United States, according to information released by the World Health Organization on January 12.

The grants have already been available to a wide array of small- and medium-sized businesses and charities.

Only about 95,000 vaccines had come out of the millions that the New Democracy had earlier said it would get, causing a slow rollout for a campaign to inoculate 70 percent of the population, the health officials said was needed to be effective.

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It is made by USA company Moderna and works in a similar way to the Pfizer one already being offered on the NHS. Von der Leyen said 75 million of the extra shots would be delivered in the second quarter of this year.

Dr. Theresa Tam says the months ahead might be harder than what the country has experienced since the beginning of the pandemic.

It also said more than 11,000 vaccines have been administered since its last daily report.

P.E.I. has reported a total of 103 COVID-19 infections.

People are asked to participate even if they think they haven't been exposed to COVID-19.

Experts compiling projections for the government say the growth of COVID-19 is accelerating in Ontario, growing at seven per cent on the "worst days". "This will make sure that they have the vaccines and the information they need to keep rolling out doses as quickly, as smoothly and as efficiently as possible", he said.

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So far Canada is slightly lagging in vaccination rates compared to that of the USA or the United Kingdom and far behind Israel, but ahead of countries like Germany and Spain, and far ahead of France. S. land border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least February 21 - another 30-day extension to the restrictions in place since mid-March.

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