Health authorities also said another 97 have died after contracting COVID-19, pushing the total death toll to 11,618.
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A total of 2,218 people in Canada remain hospitalized after contracting the respiratory illness, while 273,391 have recovered after becoming sick.
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Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government has secured a deal with Eli Lilly to secure up to 26,000 doses of the pharmaceutical company’s therapeutic drug to treat COVID-19 patients.
“To keep Canadians safe, we need access to as many potential vaccines and treatments as possible,” he said.
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Trudeau added that Canada will have the option to purchase thousands of additional doses.
The prime minister also said Canada had signed “strong contracts” with various vaccine companies, adding that the government “was working closely with its allies to ensure the free flow of contracts.”
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Trudeau said leaders of the G20 countries discussed equitable access to a potential COVID-19 vaccine at the virtual summit last weekend.
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“It’s really important to make sure everyone has access to vaccines in the world, because no place is going through COVID-19 until all places are finished with COVID-19,” he said. declared.
New cases in the provinces
In Ontario, 1,009 new cases were detected on Wednesday. The province also saw 14 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 3,519.
Meanwhile, Quebec recorded 1,124 new infections and 45 new deaths, bringing the total number of cases and the number of deaths to 134,330 and 6,887, respectively.
Between Manitoba and Saskatchewan, 646 new infections have been reported.
Manitoba recorded 471 new cases and 12 new deaths, while Saskatchewan added 175 new COVID-19 infections.
However, health officials said no one else had died.
In Atlantic Canada, 44 new coronavirus infections have been reported.
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Nova Scotia added a record 37 new cases, while New Brunswick recorded five new infections.
Newfoundland and Labrador recorded two new cases, while Prince Edward Island reported no new infections.
None of the Maritime provinces have reported new deaths from the respiratory disease.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney declared a public health state of emergency on Wednesday, as 1,115 new cases and 16 more deaths were reported.
The province is implementing stricter measures for three weeks to stem the spread of the virus, including banning social gatherings indoors and extending school vacations.
Meanwhile, British Columbia added 941 new COVID-19 infections, setting a new daily record.
Provincial health officials also said another 10 people had died.
Cases increase in Nunavut
Ten new cases were detected in Nunavut on Wednesday, but health officials said no one else had died.
The new cases push the total burden of the territory to 144. So far, only two of these cases are considered recovered.
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Neither the Yukon nor the Northwest Territories saw a new case or death from the virus on Wednesday.
Global cases nearly 60 million
The total number of new coronavirus infections worldwide fell below 60 million on Wednesday.
As of 6 p.m. ET, there were a total of 59,597,658 confirmed cases of the virus worldwide, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.