Sunday 4 April 2021

Canada: Ontario tops 3,000 new COVID cases, first time since Jan

It seems that on the first day of Ontario's emergency shutdown, the province's daily COVID-19 case count reached a disturbing level not seen since mid-January. As Melissa Nakhavoly reports, ICU numbers are also at an unsettling level.

Following Health Canada's approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the mRNA-1273 vaccine developed by Moderna, widespread plans for vaccinations began during the week of December 14, 2020. Early vaccination efforts were highly criticized. However, Ontario now leads the nation in doses administered. Due to a shortage of both approved vaccines in late January and early February, vaccinations slowed significantly for a number of weeks. In late February 2021, shipments of the 2 approved vaccines at the time increased significantly, and on February 26, 2021, Health Canada approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use and on March 5, 2021 approved the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for a total of 4 approved vaccines. Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines began to be administered in pharmacies and family health practices March 10, 2021.

The Ontario province is now experiencing a "third wave" of the virus.

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