Canada has administered at least 1.4 million more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine over the last week, according to the latest data from Health Canada.
The new inoculations now bring the country’s total number of vaccines administered to just over 4.8 million as of Friday — up from last week’s tally of 3.48 doses million on Mar. 20.
As of Mar. 20 — the latest date with government data available on whether one or two doses were administered to recipients — over 9.1 per cent of Canada’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The data also includes over 2.85 million people receiving one dose and another 630,000 people, or 1.6 per cent of the population, receiving two doses in order to be fully inoculated.
Global News will update those figures once that new data becomes available.
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Canada earlier this week also marked over a record 100,000 doses of the vaccine being administered per day.
Experts have previously told Global News that despite both the increasing rate of vaccination and new shipments of doses to the country, more has to be done in order for the federal government to reach its goal of having most Canadians inoculated by September.
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“It’s not even remotely fast enough,” Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, told Global News earlier this week.
According to Furness, should Canada continue at a rate of 100,000 vaccines administered per day, it would take 10 months to achieve inoculation levels high enough for herd immunity given the 31.5 million people over 16 that are eligible for the vaccine — assuming each shot was a person’s first dose.
If the federal government expects to hit its vaccine targets by September, Furness said around 400,000 shots need to be administered per day.
Despite Canada’s vaccine numbers having increased significantly from when shipments first began arriving, the country’s rollout continues to slump behind that of other similarly developed nations.
According to Our World In Data, Canada’s vaccination rate currently stands at 12.7 per 100 people. The United States, on the other hand, is vaccinating at a rate of over 40 shots per 100 people, the U.K. at just over 47, the UAE at over 78 and Israel at more than 114 vaccine doses per 100 people.
The U.S. alone has administered over 136,684,688 vaccinations to date — around 27 per cent of people in the country receiving at least one shot.
To date, Canada has diagnosed over 961,000 cases of COVID-19 in the country, while over 22,850 people have since died. Average daily infection rates of the virus continue to increase, with case numbers in some parts of the country reaching figures that not been seen for months.
— With files from Global News’ Emerald Bensadoun
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U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers – White House
The White House on Friday said it will lift COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective Nov. 8, ending historic restrictions that barred much of the world from the United States.
Restrictions on non-U.S. citizens were first imposed on air travelers from China in January 2020 by then-President Donald Trump and then extended to dozens of other countries, without any clear metrics for how and when to lift them.
Curbs on non-essential travelers at land borders with Mexico and Canada have been in place since March 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reuters first reported Friday’s announcement of the Nov. 8 starting date earlier in the day.
U.S. airline, hotel and cruise industry stocks rose on the news, including American Airlines, up 1.9%; Marriott International Inc, up 2.2%; and Carnival Corp, up 1.3%.
The United States had lagged many other countries in lifting such restrictions, and allies welcomed the move. The U.S. restrictions have barred travelers from most of the world, including tens of thousands of foreign nationals with relatives or business links in the United States.
The White House on Tuesday announced it would lift restrictions at its land borders and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November. They are similar but not identical to requirements announced last month for international air travelers.
Unvaccinated visitors will still be barred from entering the United States from Canada or Mexico at land borders.
Canada on Aug. 9 began allowing fully vaccinated U.S. visitors for non-essential travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Reuters last week the United States will accept the use by international visitors of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by U.S. regulators or the World Health Organization.
The White House, which held a meeting late Thursday to finalize the Nov. 8 date, still faces some remaining questions, including how and what exemptions the Biden administration will grant to the vaccine requirements. Children under 18, for example, are largely expected to be exempt from the requirements, an official said.
U.S. Travel Association Chief Executive Roger Dow said in a statement that the Nov. 8 date “is critically important for planning – for airlines, for travel-supported businesses, and for millions of travelers worldwide who will now advance plans to visit the United States once again.”
The White House announced on Sept. 20 that the United States would lift restrictions on air travelers from 33 countries in early November. It did not specify the date at the time.
Starting Nov. 8, the United States will admit fully vaccinated foreign air travelers from the 26 so-called Schengen countries in Europe, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Greece, as well as Britain, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil. The unprecedented U.S. restrictions have barred non-U.S. citizens who were in those countries within the past 14 days.
The United States has allowed foreign air travelers from more than 150 countries throughout the pandemic, a policy that critics said made little sense because some countries with high COVID-19 rates were not on the restricted list, while some on the list had the pandemic more under control.
The White House said last month it would apply vaccine requirements to foreign nationals traveling from all other countries.
Non-U.S. air travelers will need to show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight, and will need to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. Foreign visitors crossing a land border will not need to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test.
The new rules do not require foreign visitors or Americans entering the country to go into quarantine.
Americans traveling overseas must still show proof of a recent negative COVID-19, and unvaccinated Americans will face stricter COVID-19 testing requirements. They will also be subject to restrictions in the countries they plan to visit, which may include quarantines.
The CDC plans to soon issue new rules on contact tracing for international air travelers.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by John Stonestreet, Nick Zieminski and Jonathan Oatis)
PM Trudeau to unveil new cabinet, vows gender balance despite losses
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday he would reshuffle his cabinet on Oct. 26 and ensure there was a gender balance , even though he lost female ministers in an election last month.
Trudeau was re-elected to a third term in office on Sept. 20 but only won a minority of seats, which means he needs to cooperate with opposition legislators to govern.
“The new cabinet will remain gender balanced,” said a statement from Trudeau’s office. Since taking power in late 2015, Trudeau – an avowed feminist – has named cabinets with an even split of male and female ministers.
But in the run-up to the election, one high-profile woman cabinet minister quit and another three lost their seats.
His office also said the new Parliament would be recalled on Nov 22.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by John Stonestreet)
PM Trudeau to shuffle cabinet on Oct 25 -Canadian Broadcasting Corp
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will shuffle his cabinet on Oct. 25, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said on Thursday, citing unnamed government sources.
Trudeau, who was reelected last month, needs to replace four government ministers who were either defeated or quit.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Chris Reese)
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