COVID-19 Live Updates: Calgary Coronavirus News for November 23


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First Americans could receive COVID-19 vaccine by mid-December, senior health official says

Pfizer Inc. said a final analysis of clinical trial data showed its COVID-19 vaccine to be 95% effective. Photo de Justin Tallis / AFP via Getty Images

The first Americans could receive a COVID-19 vaccine as early as 24 hours after FDA approval, which would kick off the largest inoculation campaign in U.S. history starting in mid -December.

“Within 24 hours of approval, the vaccine will be moved and located in areas where each state has indicated to us where it wishes to receive vaccine doses,” Dr Moncef Slaoui, Chief Scientific Advisor of Operation Warp Speed Government. vaccination program, “Meet the Press” told NBC.

The effort to roll out vaccines across the nation of 330 million people comes as President Donald Trump blocked the normal transition of government ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.

Slaoui said he hoped for a smooth transition and did not expect the vaccination effort to derail.

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Religious minorities say Quebec’s Christmas rally plan shows double standard

The Christmas decorations are seen in front of the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal on Thursday, November 19, 2020. Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS / Paul Chiasson

MONTREAL – Members of minority religious groups in Quebec denounce the provincial government’s plan to allow Christmas gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, calling the move a sign of a double standard.

The convictions came days after Prime Minister François Legault offered Quebeckers what he called a “moral contract” through an offer to increase assembly limits over a four-day period beginning with Christmas Eve.

“It’s disappointing,” said Yusuf Faqiri, a representative of the National Council of Canadian Muslims. “The Muslim community, the Jewish community, the Sikh community, when we had our respective vacations, we couldn’t get together.”

Legault announced the terms of the Christmas reprieve on Thursday, saying groups of up to 10 people could meet between December 24 and 27. The short-term move marks a clear reversal of the rules currently in effect in much of the province, where all indoor gatherings are banned in areas classified as red zones under the pandemic response plan. province.

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Canada’s top public health official urges caution over COVID-19 ahead of the holidays

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, speaks at a press conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, November 20, 2020. Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS / Justin Tang

Canada’s top public health official says the best way to ensure a safe holiday season during the COVID-19 pandemic is to limit gatherings and only go out for the essentials.

Dr. Theresa Tam urges Canadians to be cautious about what she describes as rapid epidemic growth across the country.

His advice comes as Quebec and Ontario, the provinces with the most cases and deaths to date, have recorded 1,154 and 1,534 new cases of COVID-19 respectively in the past 24 hours.

Atlantic Canada is also experiencing a recent increase in cases, while the number continues to climb in Nunavut.

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Spain to start vaccination program in January, Sanchez says

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrives to speak during a press conference at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, November 22, 2020. Photo by Palais de la Moncloa / Borja Puig de la Bellacasa / Document via REUTERS

MADRID – Spain will begin a full coronavirus vaccination program in January and expects to have covered a substantial part of the population within six months, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday.

He said Spain and Germany were the first countries in the European Union to have a comprehensive vaccination plan in place.

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