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Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott says there is no flu shot shortage

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Ontario’s health minister says despite reports of flu shot shortages at some pharmacies, the province has a “good supply” and members of the public “should not be concerned.”

Lineups have been reported outside pharmacies across the city this week after the flu vaccine was distributed throughout Ontario.

Some pharmacies have told CP24 that they are currently out of stock due to increased demand for the flu shot during the COVID-19 pandemic.

One Toronto woman told CP24 on Wednesday that she called several pharmacies that told her she would need to get on a wait list before she could receive the shot.

“All of them either didn’t have any or you had to get on a list or both,” she said.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said while some pharmacies may not have any supply available at the moment, more will be coming shortly.

“I’m very pleased to hear that there are so many people that want to receive the flu shot this year,” she said at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.

“There are no shortages. We started receiving shipments… we expect a large one to arrive tomorrow.”

She said the bulk of the first shipments went sent to hospitals, long-term care homes, and retirement homes to protect the most vulnerable members of the population.

“The supplies come in on a regular basis, if not weekly, every two weeks, so they are coming in,” Elliott said.

The Ford government announced last month that it would be spending $70 million to order more than five million doses of the flu vaccine this year, a 16 per cent increase in the number of doses ordered last year in the province.

Public health officials have said it is especially important to be vaccinated for the flu this year to reduce the number of flu-related hospitalizations and free up capacity for possible COVID-19 patients.

There were an estimated 5,719 flu-related hospitalizations in the province last year alone.

Elliott said those who were unable to receive the flu shot this week should be able to get one in the coming days.

“I would ask that people either call ahead to schedule an appointment with their primary care practitioner or call ahead to the pharmacy that that they intend to go to to receive the shot just to make sure that they have supply right at the moment,” she said.

“If it’s not available tomorrow it will be within the next few days because, as I said, the shipments are coming in on a regular basis.”

Source:- CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News

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UPDATE: 17 New COVID-19 Cases in Windsor-Essex – AM800 (iHeartRadio)

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 17 new cases of COVID-19 in our region.

Of the new cases, 12 are considered close contacts of confirmed cases. Further breaking that down, the health unit says nine of the 12 are household contacts of a confirmed case from the same household. Two other unrelated cases are close contacts of cases that visited from another jurisdiction and one case is a household contact from a different household.

According to the WECHU, the two households are not related to each other at this time.

Of the five remaining cases, three are community acquired and two are still being investigated.

There are still 44 active cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex as well as outbreaks at two workplaces, one in the construction sector in Lakeshore and the food and beverage industry in Kingsville.

The health unit is not reporting any outbreaks at local schools, long-term care or retirement homes.

Meanwhile, the provincial government is reporting 827 cases of COVID-19.  355 new cases are in Toronto, 169 in Peel, 89 in York Region and 58 in Ottawa.

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Premier Eschews Media Questions in House – VOCM

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Premier Andrew Furey refused to take questions from the media today regarding two key issues facing the government.

The media was seeking clarification on the status of government’s talks surrounding the merger of Husky Energy with rival Cenovus, as well as the status of embattled MHA Perry Trimper.

The premier did take questions in the House but when the time came to face the media afterward, his office said he would not be available.

The Premier spoke with Innu Nation Grand Chief Etienne Rich earlier today after Rich called for Trimper to be removed from the Liberal caucus over controversial comments he made regarding Indigenous people in Labrador.


The premier’s office issued this written statement late this afternoon:

“I spoke with Innu Nation Grand Chief Etienne Rich this morning, and we agreed that we have a good dialogue we plan to maintain. We continued a conversation about moving forward with cultural sensitivity training throughout government.”


No reason was immediately given for the premier’s no-show, which Tory Leader Ches Crosbie called disgraceful, given the importance of the Husky merger and the highly-charged and sensitive issue of Innu relations with government.

It was left to Energy Minister Andrew Parsons to field questions regarding the Husky-Cenovus merger, noting a call with executives of the newly formed company is still planned for this week.

Trimper, meanwhile, says he has no further comment, adding he’s looking forward to continuing to assist his constituents until ‘the writ is dropped’ on the next election.

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Microsoft beats quarterly revenue estimates, shares rise – Investing.com

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© Reuters. The Microsoft store is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York City
© Reuters. The Microsoft store is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York City

By Stephen Nellis and Akanksha Rana

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (O:) beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly revenue and profit on Tuesday, powered by a slight uptick in growth in its flagship cloud computing business as the software maker continued to benefit from a global shift to working from home and online learning.

The pandemic has accelerated a move already under way toward cloud-based computing, helping companies such as Microsoft, Amazon.com Inc’s (O:) cloud unit and Alphabet Inc’s (O:) Google Cloud. For Microsoft, it has also boosted demand for its Windows operating systems for laptops and its Xbox gaming services as families work, learn and play from home, leading to profit that was about 30% above expectations.

“It was another healthy quarter, with continued demand for remote offerings continuing to power results,” Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood told Reuters in an interview.

Revenue growth for Azure, the company’s flagship cloud computing business, was 48%, up from 47% in the previous quarter and ahead of Wall Street estimates of 43.45%, according to consensus data from Visible Alpha. Hood said the rise was driven by “an increase in larger, long-term Azure contracts.”

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Microsoft has shifted to selling many of its products via recurring subscriptions, which investors like because it generates stable revenue flows. The value of Microsoft’s future recurring revenue contracts with big business customers was flat from the previous quarter and its proportion of one-time deals rose slightly after two quarters of growth.

Microsoft bundles together several sets of software and services such as Office and Azure into a “commercial cloud” metric that investors watch closely to gauge the company’s progress in selling to large businesses. Microsoft’s commercial cloud gross margins – a measure of the profitability of its sales to large businesses – was 71%, compared with 66% a year earlier.

Hood said some of the rise was explained by a change in accounting rules for Microsoft’s servers, but the better margins were also driven by sales of lucrative software such as Dynamics 365, which competes with Salesforce.com (N:).

“That Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 38% was better than we thought and quite good,” Hood told Reuters.

Microsoft said 93% of commercial cloud products were sold as subscriptions, compared with 94% the quarter before. The company’s remaining performance obligations – a measure of how much revenue has been booked for the future in sales contracts but not yet formally recognized as revenue – stayed flat at $107 billion in the fiscal first quarter but was up from $86 billion a year prior.

Microsoft said revenue in its “Intelligent Cloud” segment rose 20% to $13 billion in the first quarter, with 48% growth in Azure. Analysts had expected revenue of $12.7 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Revenue from its personal computing division, which includes Windows software and Xbox gaming consoles, rose 6% to $11.8 billion.

The company’s revenue rose 12% to $37.2 billion in the quarter ended Sept. 30, beating analysts’ estimates of $35.72 billion.

“Microsoft’s strong earnings beat shows its market share in cloud computing is expanding while its legacy software products such as Windows and Office are in great demand during the pandemic,” said Haris Anwar, senior analyst at Investing.com.

Net income rose to $13.89 billion, or $1.82 per share, from $10.68 billion, or $1.38 per share, a year earlier. Analysts had expected a profit of $1.54 per share.

Microsoft shares were down 0.2% at $212.77 in after-hours trading after the results, although trading is often relatively muted until after Microsoft executives give financial guidance. The company will hold a conference call later on Tuesday.

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