Province Confirms 1273 New Cases of COVID-19 This Morning

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While saying that an additional 200 million doses of any of the World Health Organization emergency use listed COVID-19 vaccines are needed to immunise 10 per cent of African population by September.

Ontario had been trying to redistribute a stockpile of 45,000 shots expiring on May 31 and 10,000 more going bad in June.

Japan started its inoculation drive in mid-February, later than most major economies and using imported doses of the shot developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE.

The decision, he said, was based on the recommendation from the immunization committee.

Didier Reynders, the European Union commissioner for justice, said in an interview on Wednesday that it was "nonsense" to think about renewing its deal with the company.

Reimer said they don't want to provide a second dose that might provide less protection. "As WHO, we are appealing to countries that have already vaccinated their high-risk groups to significantly expand and bring forward their pledges and actions to share doses", said Moeti.

The province paused the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier this month due to an increase in reports of rare but deadly blood clots.

For those who didn't receive AstraZeneca, second doses are available for anyone 80 and older or for those who received their first dose before March 1.

AstraZeneca's local partner, Daiichi Sankyo Co., started bottling the vaccine in March and the stockpile is now estimated at around 30 million doses which will expire by September if not used.

BC officials announce province's reopening plan
As of Monday, the province's rolling average of cases and active case load were at their lowest points in six months. The latest round of "circuit breaker" restrictions expired at midnight, eight weeks after they came into effect.

The province is moving up the timeline for people getting second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The province of Ontario is speeding up eligibility for second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with officials saying they expect most people who want a vaccine will be fully immunized by the end of summer.

749 people are now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, down from 934 yesterday.

Health department sources said the provincial government was setting up vaccination centres in industrial areas, press clubs and educational institutes to facilitate mass vaccination to restore normal business, trade and industrial activities.

Travel has been blamed for a low number of cases over the past week but Ford has expressed concern over the arrival of new variants of concern (VOC) that can quickly spread.

The premier has said he doesn't want to rely exclusively on the advice of the province's top public health official, Dr. David Williams, who believes students should return to the classroom.

"We're probably getting anywhere between 300-400 calls on it a day", he says. "But I want the scientists to weigh in".

Public Health Ontario said the number of known positive cases of the B.1.617 coronavirus variant grew from 45 to 260 from May 12 to May 19, and is nearly certainly higher today.

The province reaffirmed its commitment to get as many youths vaccinated prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Ten Californians who become inoculated before that date stand to win lottery-style prizes of $1.5 million apiece, while another 30 people will each win $50,000.

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