As Canada approaches its COVID-19 vaccination goal for a “better” summer, the country’s top public health official is eyeing vaccine standards in the fall.
“Every week we’re getting closer to our initial goal of 75 percent of eligible Canadians getting their first dose of protection, and 20 percent of those fully vaccinated,” Dr. Theresa Tam wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
According to a CBC News tally, the numbers are currently 65 percent and about seven percent, respectively, as of Friday.
As the country approaches its summer goal, Tam gave hope of a vaccination for a “safer fall.”
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“The goal of at least 75 percent of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated is necessary to protect the health system’s capacity, but it should not be our ultimate goal,” she said. “We can do better than that and we must continue to strive for the stars!”
Tam pointed to several demographics in Canada that have already made it this far, including in the regions and some Aboriginal and 70-plus Canadian communities.
Tam previously said the two-full-dose vaccinations are important in combating the coronavirus variants of concern that are spreading in many counties across the country, especially the Delta strain.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that large shipments of vaccines will continue through the summer, with more than two million doses expected from Pfizer-BioNTech each week through the end of August.
Trudeau said nine million doses of Pfizer will arrive in July, and another 9.1 million doses are expected in August. He added that Canada also negotiated an option to provide an additional three million doses of Pfizer in September.
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Trudeau said he was encouraged by the country’s rollout of the vaccine, adding that Canadians have “reason to feel hopeful about summer and fall.”
“The more people vaccinated, the safer we all are…So let’s start looking forward to more of what we love, from camping to dinner with friends,” he said.
What’s happening all over Canada
As of 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Canada has reported 1,390,881 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 25,683 active cases. CBC News’ death toll was 25,709.
at British Columbia, more than 72 percent of adults and nearly 70 percent of people over 12 in the county have now received the first vaccine.
at AlbertaAlberta Health Services (AHS) says it has effectively closed the Calgary church and will deny access to the building until the church’s pastor, Tim Stevens, “can demonstrate the ability to comply with these restrictions.”
Fairview Baptist Church has repeatedly defied the county’s pandemic restrictions — it has received 57 complaints, according to AHS — and Stevens was previously arrested for organizing church services against public health orders.
Saskatchewan 99 new cases of COVID-19 and three related deaths were reported on Saturday.
Over the past week, the percentage of the population fully vaccinated has jumped from six percent to 9.8 percent, but the county still needs a large number of people to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before the government can raise it. All remaining restrictions.
Nearly 724,000 people in Saskatchewan need a first dose to reach 70 percent of the population 12 or older – the threshold imposed by Prime Minister Scott Moe. As of Friday, more than 657,000 people have received the first dose.
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Manitoba 276 new cases and an additional death were recorded.
Ontario It recorded 744 new infections and 24 more deaths.
Starting Monday, residents 70 and older, as well as anyone who got their first shot from Pfizer or Moderna on or before April 18, will be able to book their second shot through the regional reservation system.
More vaccine supplies are expected in the coming months, and the county says it may speed up the immunization schedule further.
Quebec It confirmed 228 new cases and four new deaths on Saturday.
All residents of Quebec’s seniors care system are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Margaret Bliss, the province’s seniors minister, said Saturday. The announcement came a day after Bliss said that starting Monday, fully vaccinated care center residents can congregate without masks, and all residents living in green areas of the county’s COVID-19 response plan will be able to receive up to nine visitors inside. or outdoors.
Also starting Monday, people in Montreal and Laval will join much of the rest of the province in being able to go to the gyms and eat in the dining rooms of restaurants.
new bronzeThe vaccination rate is steadily increasing, but the county is still far from achieving its reopening goals.
On Saturday, Public Health reported that 475,353, or 68.5 percent, of the eligible population had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but more than 44,000 people needed to be vaccinated by midnight before midnight before the next phase of reopening their cans. . Begins.
The county also recorded nine new cases on Saturday.
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Prince Edward Island It has now delivered more than 100,000 doses of vaccine.
Marion Dowling, PEI’s chief of nursing, says the island’s vaccine rates are on track, with 60 percent of the target population 12 and over having received at least one dose.
Nova Scotia It reported 18 more infections on Saturday.
Starting Tuesday, passengers arriving at Halifax Stanfield International Airport will be encouraged to take a voluntary express test.
Newfoundland and Labrador It identified five cases as the county continues to monitor gatherings in the Louisporte, Stephenville and Bay St. George areas.
What is happening around the world
As of Saturday, more than 172.6 million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. Corona Virus Tool. The reported global death toll has reached more than 3.7 million.
at AfricaIn Tanzania, embassies and international agencies can import vaccines to vaccinate its citizens and staff.
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at Asia, Myanmar has reported a record number of coronavirus deaths since the collapse of health services and testing in the wake of the February 1 coup.
at EuropeBelgium set the stage for indoor eating and drinking next week as speeding up vaccinations reduced pressure on hospitals.
In the Americas, Mexican officials have said they will use 1 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine from the United States to vaccinate people along the border.