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Canada to receive 2M vaccine doses this week as Pfizer-BioNTech ramp up deliveries

Canada to receive 2M vaccine doses this week as Pfizer-BioNTech ramp up deliveries

Pfizer and BioNTech have been consistently delivering around one million doses from Brussels each week since mid-March, but those numbers will double over the next month before increasing further in June.
Plans to distribute first doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on hold

Plans to distribute first doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on hold

The facility where some of the vaccines were manufactured was recently cited for violations including cleaning and sterilization failures, the potential for cross-contamination and failure to follow required protocols.
Hundreds of travellers landing in Canada test positive for COVID-19 variants

Hundreds of travellers landing in Canada test positive for COVID-19 variants

Data supplied to The Canadian Press by the Public Health Agency of Canada show that between Feb. 22 and April 22, 557 international air travellers tested positive for a variant of concern.
Trudeau defends Canada's travel restrictions as effective but open to doing more

Trudeau defends Canada's travel restrictions as effective but open to doing more

OTTAWA — Governments are looking at new limits for travel both into and within Canada, as the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to set heartbreaking records.
Federal Budget 2021: Liberals extend COVID-19 aid with election top of mind

Federal Budget 2021: Liberals extend COVID-19 aid with election top of mind

OTTAWA — The first federal budget in more than two years extends Ottawa’s COVID-19 "lifeline" for workers and struggling businesses another few months as it aims to pull Canada through the pandemic once and for all.
Several provinces lower age eligibility for AstraZeneca: at look at the vaccine

Several provinces lower age eligibility for AstraZeneca: at look at the vaccine

Several provinces are lowering their minimum age requirement for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, allowing those 40 and older to receive the jab as unruly spread of COVID-19 continues in their jurisdictions.
Federal government expecting 1M vaccine doses this week after Moderna delays delivery

Federal government expecting 1M vaccine doses this week after Moderna delays delivery

Ottawa had planned to take delivery of about 1.2 million doses from Moderna as well, but that was before government officials revealed last week that the shipment would be both delayed and scaled back. 
Ottawa's COVID-19 vaccine point man aims to ensure more predictability for shipments

Ottawa's COVID-19 vaccine point man aims to ensure more predictability for shipments

The point man for Canada's vaccine rollout is aiming to ensure provinces aren't left scrambling when doses don't arrive as planned, as Ontario reported a record number of new daily COVID-19 infections. Maj.-Gen.
Vaccine-induced blood clots under more scrutiny as Canada reports first case

Vaccine-induced blood clots under more scrutiny as Canada reports first case

Quebec said it has given out 185,000 doses of AstraZeneca so far, and this is the first and only blood clot report, making it an extremely rare event. Nationally, Health Canada only has data up to April 3, which showed less than 500,000 doses had been given out at that point. Updated data is expected today.
Households expect return to pre-pandemic spending within a year, Bank of Canada says

Households expect return to pre-pandemic spending within a year, Bank of Canada says

As the survey says, respondents anticipated spending more than one-third of extra savings from the pandemic over the next two years, and over one-tenth to pay down debt.