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Moderna will deliver 1.3 million doses in March: Trudeau

Feb 24 2021 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed today that Moderna will meet its contractual obligation to deliver 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of March. Speaking in question period, Trudeau said that the Massachusetts-based firm will send 460,000 doses during the week of March 8 and 840,000 doses starting on March 22 — 1.3 million […]

More than 170K Canadians flew home from abroad in December: StatCan

Feb 23 2021 — — Despite being advised against all non-essential travel outside of the country, Statistics Canada reported that there was an increase in Canadians returning home from travelling abroad in December 2020. According to new data released Tuesday, more than 170,700 Canadians flew home from abroad in December. The agency says that was an increase of 33.7 per […]

COVID-19 variant outbreak growing at Toronto shelter to 29 cases

Feb 23 2021 — The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The City of Toronto says 29 people living at a shelter have tested positive for an unidentified COVID-19 variant.The city says Toronto Public Health declared an outbreak at Maxwell Meighen on Feb. 3.It says Public Health Ontario is sequencing the samples to identify the COVID-19 variant.The city says all residents who have tested […]

Quebec new COVID-19 cases lowest since September, health minister says

Feb 21 2021 — The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec is reporting its lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in five months, as well as 15 deaths linked to the virus.Health Minister Christian Dube said on Twitter that the 666 new infections reported today is the "best day" since Sept 23, when the province reported 687 cases.Hospitalizations also fell by 14 to […]

COVID-19 variants could fuel surge of 20K daily cases if restrictions eased: feds

Feb 19 2021 — — New federal forecasts project that COVID-19 variants could fuel a surge of 20,000 new cases per day by mid-March if public health restrictions are relaxed further. The Public Health Agency of Canada released modelling today suggesting that while infections continue to decline nationally, the spread of virus mutations threatens to reverse that progress. Canada’s chief […]

Two variants merge to form first recorded ‘recombinant’ virus

Feb 17 2021 — — As coronavirus variants pose a threat to declining infection numbers in Canada, another kind of anomaly has been identified. Researchers in New Mexico recently discovered what is believed to be the first recorded “recombination event” of the COVID-19 pandemic between a variant of SARS-CoV-2 that originated in the U.K. and another from California.