The first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine is due to arrive in the country on Sunday evening, according to the military commander who leads national vaccine distribution efforts.
More doses of the vaccine processed in Europe are due to arrive on Monday, Major General. Dany Fortin said in an interview on Rosemary Barton Live.
Once distributed, the provinces will give the vaccine to people in priority populations, including frontline health workers and long-term care residents.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week that “the first 30,000 doses will arrive in just a few days,” and he expects up to 249,000 doses of the vaccine to arrive before the end of the month.
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Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam said Sunday that she would be making “targeted” statements about the vaccination campaign to answer questions and address “the increasing amounts” of misinformation about vaccines.
In Sunday’s statement, she said it was possible for someone to have a serious side effect to a vaccine, but added that “the chances of this happening are extremely rare – generally less than one in a million”.
“Canada has a well-established system for monitoring vaccine safety. Once the vaccine is in the market, Health Canada and the Canadian Public Health Agency will work with the provinces and territories and the manufacturer to look for adverse events after vaccination.” Said Tam.
What’s happening across Canada?
As of 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, the number of Canadian COVID-19 cases was 460,744, with 74,060 of these cases considered active. A CBC News list of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information, and CBC reports totaled 13,431.
in the British ColumbiaAbout 200 mink have died on a farm in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver, where a COVID-19 outbreak was reported almost a week ago. In Kelowna, the RCMP has fined the organizer of a Saturday rally against COVID-19 restrictions a $ 2,300 fine.
Alberta On Sunday there was a record of 22 deaths as well as 1,717 new cases. The daily update will be rolled out as soon as new restrictions take effect at midnight.
Pedestrians walk past a physical distancing sign in Calgary on Saturday. (Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press)
Manitoba reported 273 new cases of COVID-19 and seven more deaths on Sunday. The province also appealed to residents who do not qualify for the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is designed for frontline health workers, not to inquire about the shot as excessive calls are causing delays in the booking system.
Saskatchewan saw 222 new cases and three deaths. In Regina, police said two organizers of an anti-mask demonstration were fined $ 2,800 for violating provincial health codes.
Ontario reported 1,677 new cases and 16 more deaths. The new numbers come as the province prepares to impose stricter restrictions in two regions from midnight – the York region north of Toronto and Windsor-Essex.
A person dressed as Santa Claus greets children from a glass case in Vaughan, Ontario on Sunday. Vaughan, which is part of the York area, will be locked starting Monday. (Cole Burston / The Canadian Press)
Quebec recorded 1,994 new cases and 33 more deaths.
New Brunswick reported two new cases.
Nova Scotia Six new cases have been added, all attributed to previously reported cases or trips outside of Atlantic Canada. Rapid tests are now available in Antigonish and Halifax.
Newfoundland and LabradorThe active case number decreased to 22 as there were no new cases and recovery.
By doing Northwest TerritoriesDr. Kami Kandola, chief public health officer, took to Twitter to dispel claims that COVID-19 could be spreading further across the community. He said the “situation is under control” and urged residents “not to spread misinformation or rumors”. “”
What’s happening around the world?
As of Sunday morning, more than 71.8 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, of which more than 46.9 million were classified as restored or fixed. This comes from a tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University in the United States. The global death toll was more than 1.6 million.
in the AsiaSouth Korea broke another record for its daily coronavirus record of 1,030 as authorities struggle to keep viruses from spreading. About 80 percent of the new cases were found in the densely populated area of Seoul, where authorities closed nightclubs and other high-risk locations, banned late-night dining, and took other steps to slow the spread.
A worker conducts a COVID-19 test at a test site in Seoul on Sunday. (Kim Hong-ji / Reuters)
in the EuropeOlder residents of Scottish nursing homes will receive the coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech starting Monday. Residents, along with nursing home staff, will be the next to receive the vaccinations after 5,000 healthcare workers and vaccines in the UK received the shots, Scottish officials said Sunday.
By doing AmericaThe United States has registered more than 16 million cases of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University, by far the largest number of cases in any country in the world. The US leads the world with more than 297,600 coronavirus-related deaths.
in the Africa, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune suddenly reappeared after recovering from COVID-19 for almost two months. Tebboune, who fell ill in late October and went to Germany for treatment, said in a video message that it could be a few more weeks before he was fit enough to return to the North African country.