NEW YORK —
Tesla’s annual sales rose 36 per cent, but the electric car company came short of its annual goal to deliver 500,000 vehicles.
The company said Saturday that it delivered 499,500 for the year, including 180,570 SUVs and sedans for the October through December period.
CEO Elon Musk set a goal of delivering 500,000 vehicles in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic hit, and Tesla stuck to that goal even though the virus forced its only U.S. assembly plant to close for several weeks in the spring.
In the first nine months of the year, Tesla reported that it delivered just over 318,000 vehicles worldwide, including a record 139,300 in the third quarter. To reach a half million, Tesla would have had to shatter the record and deliver 181,650 vehicles from October through December.
Musk sent an email to employees in December urging them to increase production for the rest of the quarter as much as possible, writing that Tesla has a “high-class problem” of demand being above what its factories can produce. But later the company told workers at the Fremont, California, plant that the Model S and X production lines would be shut down from Dec. 24 until Jan. 11, meaning most of the demand was for the Model 3 small car and Model Y small SUV.
It appeared the company was getting close to 500,000 but needed a boost to make the number. On Tuesday, Musk tried to juice sales, tweeting that all Tesla cars delivered during the last three days of the year would get three months of the company’s “full self-driving” option for free. It costs $10,000 to buy the self-driving option. Currently selected customers are testing the self-driving software on public roads but are still responsible for driving the vehicles, which Tesla has said cannot drive themselves. Critics have said Tesla does not have the proper sensors to safely deploy fully self-driving vehicles.
While Tesla came close to meeting its 500,000 deliveries for the year, it still missed it, and that shortfall could affect the company’s high-flying stock. Tesla shares rose more than 700 per cent last year to close Dec. 31 at $705.67.
Still, Musk took took to his Twitter account on Saturday and cast the news as a big win for the company, writing, “So proud of the Tesla team for achieving this major milestone! At the start of Tesla, I thought we had (optimistically) a 10% chance of surviving at all.”
B.C. dentists argue for COVID-19 vaccine priority after exclusion from provincial plan – CTV News Vancouver
Dentists are the latest group to take issue with British Columbia’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.
In a letter sent to Premier John Horgan Saturday, the BC Dental Association says it is “extremely disappointed” that dental professionals were not included in Phase 2 of the province’s vaccine rollout.
According to documents released by the provincial government on Friday, Phase 2 of the plan is intended to take place in February and March and will be focused on high-risk populations, including seniors ages 80 and older who have not yet been vaccinated, Indigenous elders, and “vulnerable populations in select congregated settings.”
Phase 2 also includes vaccinations for “hospital staff, community (general practitioners) and medical specialists not yet immunized.”
It’s this latter group that the dental association takes issue with in the letter. The association argues dentists should be included in Phase 2 “along with our medical colleagues.”
“Dentistry is an essential service,” the letter reads. “More importantly, dental care, including aerosol-generating dental procedures, are provided to patients who cannot wear a mask during treatment.”
The association notes that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include dentists alongside doctors and medical specialists in their COVID-19 vaccine schedule. B.C. dentists also cite Ontario’s vaccine plan, which includes dentists in stage two.
“B.C. dentists continue to do everything they can to ensure dental offices are safe for patients and staff,” the association’s letter reads. “Early access to vaccines will ensure continued access to urgent and emergency dental care.”
The B.C. government announced its full immunization plan on Friday, prioritizing residents by age rather than occupation.
The BC Teachers Federation expressed disappointment with that decision, saying teachers had hoped there would be prioritization for frontline workers. At the same time, the union acknowledged that vaccine supply is beyond its control and that the most vulnerable “must be vaccinated first.”
“Teachers are stressed, anxious, and even afraid,” the federation said in a statement. “We do not have the layers of protection in our schools that exist in other environments. If teachers are not prioritized for a vaccine, this government must take immediate action to improve safety measures in our schools.”
Among those safety measures are mask mandates, better physical distancing and improved ventilation in schools, the union said.
The full text of the BC Dental Association’s letter is embedded below.
How Canada's 742531 COVID-19 cases break down by province | News – Daily Hive
Canada has seen 742,531 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began nearly a year ago in March 2020. Of that total, 64,573 cases are currently active.
As of January 24, Ontario has seen the highest cumulative COVID-19 case count of any province or territory.
Based on data from the federal government, the province has recorded 252,585 virus cases to date.
Quebec has the second-highest case count, with 252,176 reported as of January 24. Alberta follows, with 120,330 total cases.
British Columbia has confirmed 63,484 coronavirus cases to date, while Manitoba has seen 28,476 cases, and Saskatchewan has recorded 21,917.
Other parts of the country have seen far fewer cases throughout the pandemic, with some provinces and territories yet to reach 1,000 cumulative cases.
Nova Scotia has reported 1,570 COVID-19 cases since March 2020, and New Brunswick has confirmed 1,104. Newfoundland and Labrador has seen 398 cases as of January 24.
There have been 267 coronavirus cases in Nunavut and 110 in Prince Edward Island. Yukon has reported 70 virus cases to date, and the Northwest Territories has seen 31.
This Mississauga neighbourhood has one of the highest COVID-19 percent positivity rates in Ontario – insauga.com
One Mississauga neighbourhood has one of the highest COVID-19 percent positivity rates (percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in the area) in Ontario, according to Toronto-based research group ICES.
ICES provided an overview of the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of individuals in Ontario who tested and confirmed positive for COVID-19 during the week of January 10 to 16.
From January 10 to 16, the Mississauga area with postal code beginning with L5W (area of Derry and Mavis Rd) had one the highest percent positivity rates at 16.9%.
The top 10 Ontario neighbourhoods included five from Peel:
- L6P, Brampton at 19.4% (area of Castlemore and The Gore Rd)
- L5W, Mississauga at 16.9% (area of Derry and Mavis Rd)
- L6T, Brampton at 16.6% (area of Highway 407 from the 410 to Goreway Dr)
- L6W, Brampton at 16.0% (area of Steeles Ave East and Kennedy Rd South)
- L6R, Brampton at 15.8% (area of Bramalea Rd at Sandalwood Pkwy East)
The rest of the top 10 constituted four neighbourhoods in Toronto and one in York Region.
According to ICES’ data, Peel had the highest percent positivity (11.7%) out of all of Ontario’s 34 Public Health Units, followed by Toronto and Windsor-Essex County. Ontario’s overall percent positivity was 5.4%.
“The percent positivity was relatively lower among persons living in long-term care homes (4.5%), compared to those not living in long-term care (5.5%),” ICES said.
“Twelve FSAs (forward sortation areas) had 15% positivity or greater (within Toronto, Peel, and York), representing a decrease in the number of high-positivity FSAs compared to the week of January 3 (during which twenty four FSAs had greater than 15% positivity). Numerous high-positivity FSAs (L5W, L6W, L6Y, L4T, N4W, M6M, M1C, L4Z, N8H, MU, L4L, M2J, M2R) were also experiencing outbreaks in long-term care homes.”
ICES says percent positivity increased among children over the course of December, but these changes did not always correlate with changes in incidence, likely due in part to decreased testing rates.
Testing rates decreased over the course of December for all age groups, especially for children aged 2-13 years.
The full data is available to read here.
Images courtesy of ICES
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