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COVID-19 vaccine shipments arrive across EU before rollout – Egypt Independent



December 26, 2020
4:16 pm

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The first shipments of coronavirus vaccines have arrived across the European Union as authorities prepared to administer the first shots to the most vulnerable people in a coordinated effort on Sunday.

The vaccines developed by BioNTech and Pfizer arrived by truck in warehouses across the continent on Friday and early Saturday after being sent from a manufacturing center in Belgium before Christmas.

The rollout marks a moment of hope for a region that includes some of the world’s earliest and worst-hit virus hot spots, including Italy and Spain, and others, like the Czech Republic, that were spared the worst early on only to see their health care systems near their breaking points in the fall.

Altogether, the 27 EU member states have seen at least 16 million cases of the coronavirus and more than 336,000 deaths.

“It’s here, the good news at Christmas,” German Health Minister Jens Spahn said at a news conference Saturday. “At this moment, trucks are underway across Europe, across Germany and its regions, to deliver the first vaccine. More deliveries will follow the day after tomorrow. This vaccine is the decisive key to end this pandemic.”

“It is the key to getting our lives back,” Spahn said.

The rollout is the result of coordination on the part of all 27 member states, helping the bloc to also project a sense of unity in a lifesaving mission of logistical complexity after difficulties in negotiating a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain.

The first doses, however, are limited just under 10,000 doses in most countries, with the mass vaccination programs expected to begin only in January.

Each country is deciding on its own who will get the first shots — but they are all putting the most vulnerable first.

French authorities said they will prioritize the elderly, based on the high impact on older populations in previous virus surges in France. The French medical safety agency will monitor for eventual problems.

Germany, where the pandemic has cost more than 30,000 lives, will begin with those over 80 and people who take care of vulnerable groups.

Spanish authorities said early Saturday that the first batch of the coronavirus vaccine to reach the country had arrived in the central city of Guadalajara — where the first shots will be administered on Sunday morning at a nursing home.

A nurse in Rome at Spallanzani Hospital, the main infectious diseases facility in Italy’s capital, should be the first in the country to receive the vaccine, followed by other health personnel.

In Poland, the first two people to be vaccinated on Sunday will be a nurse and a doctor at the Interior Ministry hospital in Warsaw, the main coronavirus hospital in the capital, followed by medical personnel in dozens of other hospitals.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki recently called it the patriotic duty of Poles to get vaccinated — a message directed at a society where there is a high degree of vaccine hesitancy born from a general distrust of authorities.

In Bulgaria, where suspicions also run high, the first person to get the shot will be Health Minister Kostadin Angelov, who has promised an aggressive campaign to promote the benefits of the shots.

In Croatia, where the first batch of 9,750 vaccines arrived early on Saturday, a care home resident in Zagreb, the capital, will be the first to receive the vaccine on Sunday morning, according to state HRT TV.

HRT TV also reported that authorities would launch a pro-vaccination campaign that will include celebrities and other public figures getting the vaccine on camera.

“We have been waiting for this for a year now,” Romanian Prime Minister Florin Catu said on Saturday after the first batch of the vaccine arrived at a military-run storage facility there.

The vaccinations begin as the first cases of a new variant of the virus that has been spreading in the U.K. have now been detected in France and Spain. The new variant has caused several European countries to restrict traffic with Britain.

A French man living in England arrived in France on Dec. 19 and tested positive for the new variant Friday, the French public health agency said in a statement. He has no symptoms and is isolating in his home in the central city of Tours.

Meanwhile, health authorities in the Madrid region said they had confirmed the variant in four people, all of whom are in good health. Regional health chief Enrique Ruiz Escudero said that the new strain had arrived when an infected person flew into Madrid’s airport.

German pharmaceutical company BioNTech is confident that its coronavirus vaccine works against the new UK variant, but further studies are needed to be completely certain.


Associated Press writers Lorne Cook in Brussels, David McHugh in Frankfurt, Germany, Angela Charlton in Paris, Joseph Wilson in Barcelona, Spain, Frances D’Emilio in Rome, Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, and Veselin Toshkov in Sofia, Bulgaria, contributed to this report.

Image: Medical staff receive part of a Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine shipment at the UZ Leuven hospital in Leuven, Belgium, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. Belgium is preparing to begin its Covid-19 vaccination program, with first vaccinations beginning on Monday. (Nicolas Maeterlinck, Pool via AP)

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Manitoba health officials hold coronavirus update – Global News



Manitobans will get an update on the province’s COVID-19 situation on Monday.

Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, has called a 12:30 p.m. press conference along with Dr. Joss Reimer, a member of Manitoba’s COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Task Force.

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Global News will stream the event live in this story.

Over the weekend, health officials reported 10 additional COVID-19-related deaths and said another 369 Manitobans have fallen ill with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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In a tweet late Friday, Reimer said a temporary delay in the delivery of the Pfizer vaccine to Canada is

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She said appointments previously scheduled will still take place.

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The federal government has said shipments of the vaccine will be reduced by an average of 50 per cent over the next four weeks because the company is scaling up its European manufacturing capacity — a move that will impact the vaccine’s production for a “short period.”

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At last word, Manitoba has received 38,890 doses of vaccine and has administered 13,539 of them.

Manitoba’s second vaccination “supersite” is set to open Monday at the Keystone Centre in Brandon.

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Since March, 769 Manitobans with COVID-19 have died and 27,511 people have contracted the virus, according to provincial health data.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here.

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Ottawa sees fewer than 100 new cases of COVID-19 in one-day dip – CTV Edmonton



Ottawa Public Health says 85 more people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19, a low figure after several days of triple-digit daily case counts.

Two more people in Ottawa have died.

Across the province, a single-day drop in cases was also reported, with 2,578 new cases, the lowest figure since Jan. 1. Ontario reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa. Figures from the province and from OPH often differ due to data collection times.

According to Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard, there have been 12,371 total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Two new deaths bring Ottawa’s pandemic death toll to 405 residents.

Some of Ottawa’s weekly trends appear to be improving, with the number of new cases in the last seven days, the testing positivity rate, and the estimated reproduction rate dropping in Monday’s update.


A province-wide lockdown went into effect on Dec. 26, 2020. Ottawa Public Health moved Ottawa into its red zone in early January.

A provincial stay-at-home order has been in effect since Jan. 14, 2021.

Ottawa Public Health data:

  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 82.7 cases
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 4.0 per cent (Jan. 11 – Jan. 17)
  • Reproduction number: 0.94 (seven day average)

Reproduction values greater than 1 indicate the virus is spreading and each case infects more than one contact. If it is less than 1, it means spread is slowing. 


Ontario health officials say 209,788 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered provincewide so far, with 9,691 needles given on Sunday. So far, 21,752 people have completed their vaccination by receiving both doses.

Ontario has received 277,050 total doses of vaccines as of Jan. 14, according to Health Canada, 224,250 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses and 52,800 Moderna vaccine doses.

Locally, the Ottawa Hospital said last week the city had received 22,245 doses of the vaccine. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told CTV News at Six on Saturday that the City had administered 19,980 doses of vaccine.


The number of people with known active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa fell for the second day in a row after hitting a record peak on Saturday.

There are 1,232 active cases in Ottawa, down from 1,274 on Sunday and 1,286 on Saturday.

The drop in active cases was driven in part by a rise in resolved cases.

OPH reported 135 more people in Ottawa have had their COVID-19 cases resolve, bringing the city’s total number of resolved cases to 10,734.

The number of active cases is the number of total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 minus the numbers of resolved cases and deaths. A case is considered resolved 14 days after known symptom onset or positive test result.


There are 40 people in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 complications, 10 of whom are in the ICU. That figure rose slightly from 38 and 8 on Sunday.

Of the people in hospital, one is between the ages of 10 and 19 (this person is in the ICU), one is in their 30s (this person is in the ICU), five are in their 50s (one is in the ICU), nine are in their 60s (four are in the ICU), seven are in their 70s (three are in the ICU), 10 are in their 80s and seven are 90 or older.


Across Ontario, 40,301 COVID-19 tests were performed on Sunday, a significant drop from the more than 60,000 performed the day before. There are 18,481 tests still under investigation.

An update from the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce is due this afternoon. 


  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 36 new cases
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 4 new cases
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health: 0 new cases
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: 1 new case
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 2 new cases
  • Outaouais region: 61 new cases

This is a breaking news story. CTV News will have the latest as it becomes available.

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Ontario reports 2,578 new COVID cases today – SooToday



Public Health Ontario has reported 2,578 new cases of COVID-19 today. 

The province is also reporting 24 deaths today, including 14 people who were residents at long-term care homes.

The deaths reported today include one person between 40 and 59 years old, 11 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 12 people over the age of 80. 

Ontario reports 86 new COVID-related hospitalizations and 12 new admissions to intensive care. 

The Jan. 18 update provided by the province’s public health agency also reported the following data:

  • 2,826 new recoveries
  • 1,571 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 1,571 reported yesterday. Public Health Ontario notes more than 10% of hospitals do not submit data to the daily census on weekends. As a result, the number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increases.
  • There are 394 COVID patients in intensive care units (down from 395 yesterday) and 303 COVID patients on ventilators (up from 293 yesterday).
  • The province reported 40,301 tests were processed yesterday resulting in a 6.6 per cent postivity rate. 
  • There is a backlog of 18,481 tests. To date, 8,965,747 tests have been completed.
  • Of the 2,578 cases reported today, 815 are from Toronto, 507 are from Peel, 151 are from York Region, and 65 are from Simcoe Muskoka.
  • There are 252 ongoing, active outbreaks at long-term care homes, 171 outbreaks at retirement homes and 88 outbreaks at hospitals in the province.
  • The province’s report shows the cases reported today included: 226 people under 19 years old, 972 people between 20 and 39 years old, 743 people between 40 and 59 years old, 349 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 174 people over the age of 80. 
  • There were 9,691 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on Jan. 17, down from11,007 on Jan. 16.
  • As of 8 p.m. on Jan. 17, the province reports 209,788 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
  • There are 21,752 total vaccinations completed (both doses). The vaccines approved for use require two doses a few weeks apart.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 240,364 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 206,310 recoveries and 5,433 deaths, of which 3,212 were individuals living in long-term care homes. There were two new outbreaks reported at long-term care homes in Ontario over the past 24 hours.

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 1,617 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario. The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 150.4 cases per 100,000 people from Jan. 8 to Jan. 14, which is a decrease of 8.3 per cent compared to Jan. 2 to Jan. 8 when the average weekly incidence rate was 164 cases per 100,000 people.

In Northern Ontario, the breakdown of Public Health Ontario data is:

  • Algoma Public Health: 142 cases, rate of 124 per 100,000 people. There are 37 known active cases, including one person who is a non-Algoma resident temporarily in the region.
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: 181 cases, rate of  139.5 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 184 cases. There are 13 known active cases.
  • Porcupine Health Unit: 170 cases, rate of 203.7 per 100,000 people. There are 18 known active cases. 
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 396 cases, rate of 199 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 390 cases. There are 62 known active cases. 
  • Timiskaming Health Unit: 85 cases, rate of 260 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 86 cases. There is one known active case.
  • Northwestern Health Unit: 235 cases, rate of 268 per 100,000 people. There are 28 known active cases. 
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit: 726 cases, rate of 484.1 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 732 cases. There are 75 known active cases.

The Ontario government has declared a state of emergency, the second since the start of the pandemic, and a stay at-home order is in effect until at least Feb. 11, 2021. There are additional measures in place for the shutdown, all of which can be found in this provincial breakdown.

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