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Canada Coronavirus live updates: 'Very good chance' most Canadians will be vaccinated by September, Trudeau says

20:40  27 november  2020
20:40  27 november  2020 Source:   montrealgazette.com

Most Canadians could be vaccinated by end of 2021, says federal public health officer

  Most Canadians could be vaccinated by end of 2021, says federal public health officer Most Canadians could be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of next year, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer said today. In recent days, pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna have announced successful trials of their coronavirus vaccines. Dr. Howard Njoo said he is optimistic they can be approved by Health Canada and rolled out soon. "Hopefully these two vaccines get approved, because we still have to look at the clinical data, the clinical trials to make sure our regulatory colleagues are comfortable and approve them and the other vaccines," Njoo told reporters in Ottawa today.

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While the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany are talking about vaccinating people from COVID-19 as soon as December, Canadians will have to wait a little longer. Abigail Bimman looks at the logistics, the contracts, and the promises.

Justin Trudeau standing in front of a building: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a pandemic briefing from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. © Provided by The Gazette Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a pandemic briefing from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.

Updated throughout the day on Friday, Nov. 27. Questions/comments: ariga@postmedia.com

Top updates

  • ‘Very good chance’ most Canadians will be vaccinated by September, Trudeau says
  • Quebec reports 1,269 new cases, 38 deaths
  • Hospital situation in some regions ‘fragile,’ health department says
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Responding to critics who say many Canadians are falling through cracks in the emergency COVID-19 benefit plan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today said more help is on the way for students, those working reduced hours due to the pandemic and struggling businesses.

Canada ’s deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo discussed on Thursday the seven COVID-19 vaccine candidates that have been secured for purchase by the Canadian government, saying they expect certain vaccines to become Njoo added the initial supply of the vaccines “ will be limited.”

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Canada ’s deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo discussed on Thursday the seven COVID-19 vaccine candidates that have been secured for purchase by the Canadian government, saying they expect certain vaccines to become Njoo added the initial supply of the vaccines “ will be limited.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared Wednesday that a second wave of the coronavirus is already underway in most of Canada . “But this year there will be significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual and digital offerings to complement whatever limited live entertainment or experiences

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12:30 p.m.

Health minister offers shopping tips

“For Quebecers who plan to take advantage of Black Friday discounts: prioritize online shopping to avoid crowds,” Health Minister Christian Dubé said via Twitter on Friday.

“If you go to stores, remember to respect the usual measures, including  two-metre physical distancing.”

12:25 p.m.

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12:20 p.m.

‘Very good chance’ most Canadians will be vaccinated by September, Trudeau says

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As for when vaccinations will start, Trudeau said “we are going to be ready as soon as the vaccines start arriving.”

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He noted that Canada has ordered more doses of potential vaccines per capita than any other country in the world.

Reporters repeatedly tried to pin Trudeau down on when vaccinations will begin in Canada, but he did not answer, saying he preferred to focus on “the finish line.”

Trudeau announced that former NATO commander Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin will lead Canada’s vaccine distribution efforts.

Fortin most recently served as the Chief of Staff for the Canadian Joint Operations Command.

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11:30 a.m.

Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths

11:10 a.m.

Quebec reports 1,269 new cases, 38 deaths

Quebec today reported a drop in new cases and hospitalizations as the province again tested more than 32,000 people.

A total of 1,269 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded.

That’s 195 fewer than yesterday.

Thirty-eight new deaths were reported, including nine over the past 24 hours.

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Of the other deaths, 24 occurred between Nov. 20 and 25, two before Nov. 20, and three others on unknown dates.

One death previously thought to be related to COVID-19 has been removed after further study.

Compared to yesterday, six fewer people are in hospital with COVID-19. The new total: 669.

The number of people in ICUs remained steady at 90.

On Wednesday, Quebec conducted 32,266 tests. That’s the last day for which screening data is available.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 138,163 cases and 6,984 deaths linked to COVID-19.

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10:45 a.m.

Hospital situation in some regions ‘fragile,’ province says

The number of new cases is on the decline in Quebec but the risk of hospitalizations has increased for people over 70 years and those with underlying medical conditions.

Those are among the conclusions of a new report from Quebec’s Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux. Published this morning, it focused on data from the week of Nov. 16.

“As for hospital needs, projections suggest a small increase, but less marked than that of last week,” the provincial health department said in a press release.

“No hospital capacity overruns are expected in Montreal and neighboring regions for the next month.

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“As for other regions, the increase in hospitalizations seems to have stabilized. On the other hand, patients with COVID-19 occupy nearly half of regular beds in some regions, where the situation is, therefore, more fragile.

“It should also be noted that the transmission rates in these regions fluctuate in a persistent manner,” particularly” in seniors’ residences, “creating a certain degree of uncertainty.”

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Pandemic winter: Cross-country skis, snowshoes flying off shelves as winter begins

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a man holding a bottle:  “People have been coming into our stores and grabbing cross-country skis,” says Daniel Beauport, owner of Boutique Courir. ” It’s incredible. I’ve never seen this.” © Provided by The Gazette “People have been coming into our stores and grabbing cross-country skis,” says Daniel Beauport, owner of Boutique Courir. ” It’s incredible. I’ve never seen this.”
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Here’s where Montrealers can get tested today

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You can check screening clinic wait times here .

8:45 a.m.

Quebec has reported exactly 17,000 cases over the past 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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