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Canada Canada adds another 2,752 coronavirus cases as feds express vaccine optimism

05:45  24 february  2021
05:45  24 february  2021 Source:   globalnews.ca

A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Feb. 13, 2021

  A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Feb. 13, 2021 The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 9 p.m. ET on Saturday Feb. 13, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 31,403 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,252,942 doses given. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 3,305.979 per 100,000. There were no new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 1,313,225 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 95.41 per cent of their available vaccine supply. Please note that Newfoundland, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis.

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Canada added another 2,752 cases of the novel coronavirus Tuesday as federal officials promised the country's vaccination program is set to ramp up again this week.

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The new infections brought the national count to 852,274 cases since the pandemic began last spring. Of those, at least 799,835 patients have recovered to date.

Another 39 people have died of complications from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 21,762.

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The federal government has updated its deal with Moderna to secure the delivery of an additional 20 million doses of its vaccine candidate, and has signed a contract with FedEx Express Canada to handle the shipment of most vaccines within the country.

Canada added 6,345 new infections of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, as the mass vaccination effort against the virus continued. The country has now seen 474,820 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The Northwest Territories added one new case of COVID-19, pushing the total number of infections to 22. So far, 15 people have recovered after contracting the illness. No new cases of the novel coronavirus were detected in Yukon, meaning their total number of infections remained at 59.

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The new cases and deaths came as the government begins to recover from multiple delays to vaccine deliveries, which have hampered the rollout across the country.

Procurement Minister Anita Anand said there are 3.5 million doses being shipped in March, which is enough to vaccinate more than 112,000 people every day.

She said an additional 640,000 doses will be shipped during this final week of February.

Canada's vaccine program slowed between Jan. 18 and Feb. 14 when production issues limited shipments to fewer than 350,000 doses. But most provinces have now completed vaccinations in long-term care, or are close to doing so, and many are expanding to seniors living independently.

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The first shipment arrives at the FedEx Express Canada hub in Toronto this afternoon. Part of this initial shipment will continue onwards to the territories to facilitate vaccine distribution in Canada 's northern regions. The vaccine roll-out will be facilitated by the vast FedEx Express Canada network, utilizing the specialized, cold-chain storage and who cited concerns that rules rules put in place to keep staff safe were being broken in order to meet testing targets.Pompeo’s Wife Tested Positive as Cases Spiked (3 p.m. NY)Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s wife tested positive for the coronavirus , according to people

© REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo A woman adjusts her mask while she waits in line as the city's public health unit holds a walk-in clinic testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada March 23, 2020. Forty-three more people in Canada have died of the novel coronavirus , officials said Sunday, bringing the country's death toll to 10,179. Since the pandemic began, 236,595 people in Canada have tested positive for COVID-19, 2 ,330 of which were announced by health authorities on Sunday.

As of Tuesday, more than 1.6 million doses have been administered across the country, according to provincial and territorial data. More than 455,000 Canadians have received two doses of a vaccine as of Friday — about 0.81 per cent of the population, according to federal data.

Quebec announced Tuesday people over the age of 85 can start being vaccinated next week. Nova Scotia is opening vaccinations to people over 80 this week, and Alberta to people over 75. Ontario and British Columbia both aim to expand to people over 80 by the middle of March.

Read more: Coronavirus vaccine tracker: How many Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19?

While Canada is eyeing a potential return to normal life by September, chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam told reporters Tuesday that some lockdown measures could be lifted earlier if the vaccination rate continues to improve.

“The key is to get the vaccine measures high so that we reduce the chances of those massive upswings of resurgence in order to keep society going,” she said.

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“That’s absolutely the goal, but you can’t put an absolute date on one of these things.”

Tam has said the shrinking daily case counts compared to earlier this winter are also encouraging, but warns the emergence of multiple, more contagious variants of the virus means people must remain vigilant.

Ontario added 975 new cases and 12 more deaths Tuesday, while Quebec reported another 13 deaths and 739 new cases.

In Atlantic Canada, 15 more cases were confirmed in Newfound and Labrador, where a major outbreak in the St. John's area has begun to subside after spiking earlier this month -- delaying the provincial election there.

While Nova Scotia added three more cases, neither New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island saw any new infections. None of the Atlantic provinces reported any new deaths Tuesday.

The Prairie provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan reported 76 and 126 new cases, respectively. Another four people have died from COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, while Manitoba did not see any new deaths.

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In western Canada, Alberta added another 267 cases and 10 deaths, and British Columbia saw 559 new infections and 1 more death.

Worldwide coronavirus infections crossed 112 million on Tuesday, with 112,075,694 cases confirmed as of 9 p.m. ET, according to Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll now stands at 2,483,496.

The United States continues to lead the world in both infections, at 28.2 million, and deaths, which crossed half a million on Monday and sat at 502,517 Tuesday evening.

— With files from Global's Rachael D'Amore and the Canadian Press

Here’s what the provinces, territories have said about AstraZeneca’s vaccine and seniors .
On Monday, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization issued new guidance, recommending the AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot not be administered to people over the age of 65. Your browser does not support this video In the new guidelines, NACI cited “limited information” about its effectiveness in older people as the reason it’s not recommending the shot be used in seniors. However, it is ultimately up to the provinces and territories to decide how to dole out the vaccines. Who will be the recipient of those AstraZeneca shots? Here's a closer look at what each region has said.

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