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Canada has secured 35 million booster doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 2022 and another 30 million for 2023.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the deal with Pfizer includes options to add 30 million doses in both 2022 and 2023 and an option for 60 million doses in 2024.
Trudeau says the country must be prepared with doses in case they are needed.
Booster shots are expected to be important as the coronavirus continues to mutate, similar to how the flu vaccine is modified each year to be effective against the more dominant strain.
The announcement came Friday when Canada’s leading public health physician said there were signs the outbreak was easing, although the average COVID-19 case count has more than doubled in the past month.
Theresa Tam said the successful launch of the vaccine will likely determine whether the COVID-19 restrictive measures can be lifted this summer.
Friday unveiled new modeling suggesting that tough measures in several provinces aimed at containing more contagious variants have held back the recent increase.
– From The Canadian Press and CBC News, last updated at 1:45 pm ET
What’s happening across Canada
As of 12:45 pm ET on Friday, Canada had reported 1,161,442 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 85,980 considered active. A CBC News death toll was 23,871.
Ontario reported 4,505 new cases and 34 new deaths on Friday. There are 2,287 people hospitalized due to COVID-19, of which 818 are in intensive care.
In Ontario, pregnant women can now book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine after being moved to the “highest risk” category in the province’s vaccine launch plan.
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According to the Ministry of Health, “in response to emerging data on the increased risk of serious illness for pregnant women, all pregnant women will be eligible for vaccination appointments in the healthiest health conditions … starting with today”.
In Quebec, health officials reported 1,043 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 15 additional deaths.
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The province is fording uncharted territory as it plans to provide some long-term care residents with a different COVID-19 vaccine – in this case Pfizer-BioNTech – for their second shot due to the Modern vaccine shortage they received for. first time.
In Atlantic Canada, new scotland reported 44 new cases on Friday, while Newfoundland and Labrador reported a new case.
On Thursday, New Brunswick 19 new cases reported e Prince Edward Island reported a new case.
Nunavut reported nine new cases on Friday.
One day earlier Yukon and the Northwest Territories Thursday each reported a new case.
In the prairie provinces, Manitoba reported 181 new cases on Friday and two additional deaths.
On Thursday, Saskatchewan reported 254 new cases and one additional death.
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Alberta reported 1,857 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and six new deaths. There are 1,326 cases involving variants of concern in the province, including a first case of variant B1617 which brought cases to India.
British Columbia reported 1,006 new cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths on Thursday. Admissions stood at 502, a new record, with 161 in intensive care.
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– From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 1:45 pm ET
What is happening in the world
As of early Friday afternoon, more than 144.9 million COVID-19 cases had been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University case tracking tool. The reported global death toll was over three million.
In Asia-Pacific On Friday, India reported the world’s highest daily coronavirus case count for the second day, surpassing 330,000 new cases, while deaths in the past 24 hours also jumped to a high of 2,263. Officials from north and west India warned that most hospitals were full and oxygen shortages.
Japan declared a third state of emergency for Tokyo and three western prefectures on Friday, amid skepticism that will be enough to curb a rapid resurgence of the coronavirus ahead of the July Olympics. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo from April 25 to May 11.
Thailand reported a daily record for new COVID-19 cases: 2,070, bringing Friday’s total to 50,183. As of early March, Thailand had 26,031 cases with double-digit daily increases, but a new outbreak has sent the numbers skyrocketing.
In Europe, Hungary will allow the opening of outdoor terraces in restaurants and bars on Saturday and is planning further openings next week, although the COVID-19 death rate in the country remains among the highest in the world.
The number of people who received at least one first dose of a vaccine in Hungary on Friday surpassed 3.5 million, a threshold previously set by the government for when outdoor seating could reopen.
In Africa, South Africa remains the hardest hit by COVID-19 among the continent’s countries, with over 1.5 million reported cases and over 53,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
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In Americas, Texas health officials say the US government reported that a Texas woman was hospitalized with possible blood clots associated with Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine.
The Texas announcement quotes the FDA and CDC as saying the adult woman has “symptoms that appear to be consistent with those few other reported cases” of a rare blood clotting disorder developed after receiving the J&J vaccine.
Federal and state agencies have suspended the launch of the J&J vaccine due to concerns about blood clots. Federal officials were already reviewing six reports of unusual clots, including one death, on more than 6.8 million Americans who had been given the one-dose vaccination so far.
In Middle East, Israel and Bahrain say they have reached an agreement to mutually recognize coronavirus vaccination certificates, allowing travelers between countries to waive quarantine and other restrictions.
– From The Associated Press and CBC News, last updated at 12:45 PM ET
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