More than half of all Canadians who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine have now been fully inoculated with both required doses, according to nationwide data.
As of Monday evening, the COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker shows 50.4 per cent of Canadians aged 12 and over — more than 16,751,000 people — have received two doses. That’s equal to nearly 44 per cent of the total population.
Some provinces are seeing even higher numbers. More than 57 per cent of people aged 12 and over in Manitoba have been fully vaccinated, while Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and the three territories have cracked 50 per cent as well.
Second doses have accelerated across Canada. Over the past month, the share of the total population that has been fully inoculated has quadrupled.
Meanwhile, the pace for first doses has slowed compared to the surge seen in the spring. The past 30 days has seen vaccinations increase by just over five per cent of the population, compared to nearly 24 per cent during the 30 days before.
Just over 79 per cent of eligible Canadians, or close to 69 per cent of the total population, have received at least one dose.
Health officials have stressed the importance of getting a second shot in order to combat the more transmissible Delta variant of the novel coronavirus, which has proven to be more resistant to a single dose.
Yet vaccinations have continued to bring down COVID-19 cases across the country.
On Monday, 296 new infections were reported, the lowest daily number since Aug. 23 of last year. Less than 450 new cases were reported per day on Saturday and Sunday as well.
The latest data has brought the seven-day average down to 451.6 cases per day — a number also not seen since the end of last August.
Only two new deaths were confirmed over the past 24 hours: one in Manitoba, the other in Yukon. The seven-day average for new deaths has fallen to 10.
Hospitalizations are also diving overall, falling to 521 on Monday from 612 the previous week.
Local governments are responding to the plummeting case counts by lifting public health restrictions in an effort to get their economies back to normal.
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On Sunday, Saskatchewan — which had just 19 cases on Monday — became the second province in the country to lift all remaining restrictions.
Alberta, which saw 30 new cases, was the first to fully reopen on Canada Day. The Calgary Stampede has been allowed to take place under some limited restrictions.
Manitoba, which saw 31 new infections Monday, is expected to announce the next step in its own reopening plan this week.
Ontario will allow gyms and restaurants to resume indoor operations this Friday, while raising capacity limits for indoor social gatherings. The step comes days early as the province, which reported 114 new cases Monday, meets its vaccination targets ahead of expectations.
More restrictions lifted on Monday in Quebec, including the expansion of physical distancing limits and the removal of caps on indoor capacity for retail stores. The province reported 52 new cases the same day.
Only one new case was reported across Atlantic Canada on Monday, in Nova Scotia, although Newfoundland and Labrador did not report any data due to the Orangemen’s Day holiday.
Nova Scotia is set to move into Phase 4 of its reopening plan on Wednesday, which will see a loosening of mask rules and normal operating rules for restaurants, retail stores and gyms.
Another 30 cases were announced in British Columbia, which lifted more restrictions at the beginning of July. The province is waiting until September before it considers lifting all remaining public health orders.
The Yukon reported 19 new infections between Friday and Monday as the territory continues to combat an outbreak linked to the Gamma variant, first identified in Brazil. The Northwest Territories and Nunavut did not see any new cases.
To date, Canada has seen a total of 1,421,127 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those, 26,439 people have died and 1,389,546 have recovered.
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Voluntary recall issued for Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning – Global News
A voluntary recall has been issued for Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning over a possible Salmonella contamination.
McCormick & Company, Inc. says the recall covers 153g bottles with a best before date of September 6, 2022.
The bottles were shipped to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
No illnesses have been reported, and McCormick says the potential risk was brought to their attention by the FDA during routine testing.
Salmonella poisoning can result in a wide range of symptoms, from short-term fever, headache and nausea to more serious issues including severe arthritis and, in rare cases, even death.
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Pfizer sells $7.8 billion in Covid shots in the second quarter, raises 2021 guidance on vaccine sales – CNBC
Pfizer said Wednesday it sold $7.8 billion in Covid-19 shots in the second quarter and raised its 2021 sales forecast for the vaccine to $33.5 billion from $26 billion, as the delta variant spreads and scientists debate whether people will need booster shots.
The company’s second-quarter financial results also beat Wall Street expectations on earnings and revenue. Here’s how Pfizer did compared with what Wall Street expected, according to average estimates compiled by Refinitiv:
- Adjusted earnings per share: $1.07 per share vs. 97 cents per share expected
- Revenue: $18.98 billion vs. $18.74 billion forecast
Pfizer expects an adjusted pretax profit in the high 20% range of revenue for the vaccine.
The company now expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.95 to $4.05 per share. That’s up from its prior range of $3.55 to $3.65 per share. It expects revenue in the range of $78 billion to $80 billion, up from its previous estimate of $70.5 billion to $72.5 billion.
Shares of Pfizer dipped 0.4% in premarket trading.
“The second quarter was remarkable in a number of ways,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement. “Most visibly, the speed and efficiency of our efforts with BioNTech to help vaccinate the world against COVID-19 have been unprecedented, with now more than a billion doses of BNT162b2 having been delivered globally.”
Pfizer’s other business units also saw strong sales growth. Revenue from its oncology unit rose by 19% year over year to $3.1 billion. The company’s hospital unit generated $2.2 billion in revenue, up 21% from the prior year. Its internal medicine unit grew by 5% from a year ago to $2.4 billion.
Pfizer said earlier this month it was seeing signs of waning immunity induced by its Covid vaccine with German drugmaker BioNTech, and planned to ask the Food and Drug Administration to authorize a booster dose. It also said it is developing a booster shot to target the delta variant.
In slides posted Wednesday alongside its earnings report, Pfizer said it could potentially file for an emergency use authorization for a booster dose with the FDA as early as August. It expects to begin clinical studies testing its delta variant vaccine in the same month.
It expects full approval for its two-dose vaccine by January 2022.
Pearson airport won’t sort arriving passengers based on COVID-19 vaccination status – CityNews Toronto
Canada’s largest airport is no longer splitting arriving international passengers into different customs lines based on their vaccination status.
Toronto’s Pearson International Airport announced last week it may be sorting travellers arriving from the U.S. or other international locations into vaccinated and partially or non-vaccinated queues.
But a spokesperson for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority says the practice has been discontinued as of Monday.
Beverly MacDonald says in a statement that the airport has determined separating vaccinated and partially or non-vaccinated travellers into different customs lines “results in minimal operational efficiencies.”
She says entry requirements related to vaccination status will now be enforced once a passenger reaches a customs officer.
Fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents are now able to forgo a 14-day quarantine when arriving in Canada from abroad.
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