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The union wants the province to spend more of its $ 10 billion infrastructure investment in universities, noting universities can be engines of economic recovery.

Canadian government announces agreement with two main COVID-19 vaccine candidates

Brazilian pediatrician Monica Levi, a volunteer who received a potential COVID-19 vaccine, works at the Clinic for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases and Immunizations (CEDIPI), in Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 24, 2020. NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP via Getty Images

The federal government has purchased early access to two of the top candidates for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The government said on Wednesday it had placed orders with Pfizer and Moderna, two companies whose applicants are in the third and final stage of vaccine trials against the virus, which could be ready by the end of the year.

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Coronavirus deaths worldwide exceed 700,000, one person dies every 15 seconds on average

The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 700,000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise in deaths.

Nearly 5,900 people die every 24 hours from COVID-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks.

This equates to 247 people per hour, or one person every 15 seconds.

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Braid: even with masks, school measures may not be enough to contain COVID-19

A pedestrian and his dog walk past the Calgary Board of Education headquarters on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Azin Ghaffari / Postmedia

It wasn’t a total school mask pirouette the UCP performed on Tuesday. Prime Minister Jason Kenney said on July 22 that if the medical opinion changes, the policy will change too.

But still, it’s strange that the government waited another two weeks to impose what always seemed inevitable.


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