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Canada Coronavirus live updates: Canada invests up to $173 million in made-in-Quebec vaccine

19:52  23 october  2020
19:52  23 october  2020 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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Nurse Christiana Howe has come out of retirement from the Montreal General Hospital to screen people as they arrive for COVID-19 test at the MUHC Glen site on Oct. 16, 2020. © Provided by The Gazette Nurse Christiana Howe has come out of retirement from the Montreal General Hospital to screen people as they arrive for COVID-19 test at the MUHC Glen site on Oct. 16, 2020.

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11:55 a.m.

Canada to invest up to $173 million in made-in-Quebec vaccine

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is spending up to $214 million to produce potential COVID-19 vaccines in Canada, The Canadian Press reports this morning.

Coronavirus live updates: Quebec reports 1,203 new cases — 844 from last 24 hours

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Up to $173 million is to go Medicago, a Quebec company, for its candidate vaccine against COVID-19. The funds are to be used to advance Medicago’s research and to set up a production facility in Quebec.

Trudeau says the Medicago agreement includes the rights to buy up to 76 million doses of its vaccine, if it proves safe and effective, and funding for a factory in Quebec City to produce them.

Trudeau also said more than $41 million will be invested in other vaccine candidates across the country, of which $18.2 million will go to Vancouver-based Precision NanoSystems.

The prime minister also says Canada has received “hundreds of thousands” of test kits from medical company Abbott to be distributed to the provinces and territories.

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Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths

11:10 a.m.

Hospitalizations drop as Quebec reports 905 new cases, 12 more deaths

The number of new cases dipped below 1,000 today, with hospitalizations and ICU admissions dropping.

Quebec reported 905 infections.

Montreal added the most cases of any region – 237, followed by the Montérégie region (137) and Quebec City (117).

Twelve new deaths were reported – four over the past 24 hours, six between Oct. 16 and 21, and another two on unknown dates.

The number of hospitalizations decreased by 13 to reach 540.

Among those in hospital, 99 are in intensive care, a drop of two.

On Wednesday, 27,183 people were tested. That’s the last day for which screening data is available.

This chart shows the seven-day trend:

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Pandemic forces Le Château to seek creditor protection

Citing plummeting sales due to COVID-19 and the inability to refinance or be sold to a third party, clothing retailer Le Château announced today that it has filed a request for creditor protection with Quebec Superior Court in order to “ensure an orderly liquidation of its assets … and the termination of its activities.”

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Opinion: My parents survived the Holocaust — I can get through a pandemic

“The way I look at it, my parents survived the Holocaust and the Hungarian Revolution. I can get through a pandemic.”

Read Tommy Schnurmacher’s full opinion piece .

10:25 a.m.

At current rate, hospitalizations could soon stabilize or drop – report

If the transmission rate remains unchanged, “the number of new hospitalizations in Quebec could stabilize or even begin to decrease,” according to a new report by Quebec’s institute for excellence in health and social services.

Based on data collected up to Oct. 18, “projections do not predict that hospital capacity dedicated to COVID-19 will be exceeded over the next four weeks.”

Other key points from the report by researchers at the Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS):

  • Among new cases confirmed last week, 358 presented a high risk of hospitalization (versus 351 the previous week).
  • The number of new infections was relatively stable compared to the previous week (6,895 versus 6,923).
  • There was a 13-per-cent increase in the number of cases originating outside the Montreal and Quebec City regions.

“Although the latest data provided by INESSS is reassuring, I would like to point out that the situation remains fragile and that our efforts should in no way be reduced,” Health Minister Christian Dubé said.

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“This situation proves that the measures put in place so far are starting to bear fruit, but we still need to act to protect the health network. We must stay the course in the coming weeks. ”

10:05 a.m.

Employers urged to establish clear workplace policies on telecommuting

With a record number of people working from home due to the pandemic, Quebec employers are being urged to establish clear workplace policies on telecommuting.

Such a policy could address expectations of productivity, the criteria for being required to be present in an office, employee performance evaluations, access to technical support, expenses incurred by workers, norms for the storage of personal information and the limits to how available an employee should be after their work shift.

Read our full story .

9:50 a.m.

Quebec has no plans to close schools: Legault

“There is no scenario that talks about the closure of our schools,” Premier François Legault said this morning in an interview with Trois-Rivières radio station 106,9 Mauricie.

9:40 a.m.

As workplace outbreaks flare, Quebec sends in more inspectors

With workplaces emerging as important infection hotspots, Quebec says it is intensifying inspections and prevention promotion to fight the spread of COVID-19.

“The current situation calls for rapid and effective action to limit outbreaks,” the province’s workplace safety commission said in a press release.

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Three hundred inspectors and 300 prevention-promotion agents will fan out across the province’s places of work, according to the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST).

That includes “immediate intervention blitzes” in two particularly hard-hit areas – Quebec City and the Chaudière-Appalaches region.

The CNESST is reminding employers that they “must implement measures to identify, control and eliminate this biological risk. The recommended preventive measures are based on the principles of excluding symptomatic people from the workplace, physical distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, as well as maintaining hygiene measures with regards to tools, frequently touched equipment and surfaces.”

Workers, for their part, have a “responsibility to take the necessary measures to protect their health, safety or physical well-being and to ensure that they do not endanger the health, safety or physical well-being of other people.”

“The presence in the field of CNESST inspectors and prevention promotion agents will help us to curb the spread of the virus in the workplace,” Labour Minister Jean Boulet said. “This is not the time to spare our efforts in this particular context. In all workplaces, large and small, we must remain vigilant, for the health of all.”

Between March 13 and Oct. 17, CNESST inspectors have carried out more than 12,000 interventions relating to COVID-19, the agency says. It has received 3,375 complaints about workplace issues.

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9:15 a.m.

Montrealers can get tested at clinics across the island

Montrealers can be screened at test centres across the island.

You can check screening clinic wait times here .

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Quebec has reported 14,329 infections over two weeks

This was the situation across Canada as of last night, according to the Canada COVID-19 Situational Awareness Dashboard.

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