Today’s Coronavirus News: Health Canada’s Vaccine Approval Called “Unprecedented”

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Today's Coronavirus News: Health Canada's Vaccine Approval Called


Sunday, the latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

7h52: Albania launched a mass vaccination campaign on Sunday ahead of the summer tourist season after acquiring 192,000 doses of Chinese vaccine against the Sinovac coronavirus earlier this week.

Hundreds of people aged 70 and over gathered in Tirana’s main Skanderbeg square to have a drink in two large tents.

Liri Bizhiti, 76, one of those in line, was happy to receive the vaccine after a year of isolation, and on the same day as her husband.

“Thank goodness it came,” she told The Associated Press accompanied by her daughter. “We are so happy. “

Vaccination has progressed slowly in the Balkan country since mid-January before the arrival of the Sinovac vaccine, with Albania receiving less than 100,000 doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sputnik V. So far the country has vaccinated 65 000 medical staff, people aged 80 and over and teachers.

07h00: Over the past four years, Health Canada has approved over 1,500 new or updated pharmaceutical products.

Ten of them are vaccines.

Five of them relate to COVID-19.

Dr. Supriya Sharma, the Chief Medical Advisor at Health Canada who helps oversee the review process, has never seen anything like the speed with which COVID-19 vaccines were approved.

“I mean, unprecedented is the only word we’ve abused, but there’s nothing quite like it,” she said in an interview.

The five approved non-COVID vaccines, four for influenza and one for shingles, took an average of 397 days from the day the company applied for approval in Canada, until that approval was granted.

The average duration of COVID-19 vaccines? 82 days.

6h46: Iran reported its highest number of daily coronavirus infections in more than three months after millions of people defied government guidelines and traveled on a week-long public holiday.

The country reported 8,751 new cases of Covid-19, the highest since December 11, the health ministry said in a statement on Sunday, adding that 89 people had died of the disease overnight.

With more than 1.8 million infections to date and some 62,000 deaths, Iran is experiencing the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.

Iranian officials say US sanctions have hampered their ability to fight the disease and obtain vaccines, but the government has only banned travel to cities with very high infection rates and millions of people. people still flock to other areas during the Persian New Year break, according to the state. media.

4:00 am: In Canada, provinces report 166,566 new vaccines administered for a total of 4,967,319 doses administered. Nationwide, 662,576 people, or 1.7% of the population, have been fully immunized. The provinces administered doses at a rate of 13,106.633 per 100,000 population.

To date, 7,722 new vaccines have been delivered to provinces and territories, for a total of 6,207,530 doses. The provinces and territories used 80.02% of their supply of available vaccines.

  • Newfoundland reported 9,178 new vaccines administered in the past seven days for a total of 55,231 doses administered. The province administered doses at a rate of 105.477 per 1,000. In the province, 1.82% (9,527) of the population were fully immunized. No new vaccine has been delivered to Newfoundland for a total of 84,280 doses delivered to date. The province has received enough vaccine to deliver a single dose to 16% of its population. The province used 65.53% of its available vaccine supply.

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  • Prince Edward Island reports 3,479 new vaccinations administered in the past seven days for a total of 20,258 doses administered. The province administered doses at a rate of 127.707 per 1,000. In the province, 3.87% (6,139) of the population were fully immunized. No new vaccine has been delivered to Prince Edward Island for a total of 27,205 doses delivered to date. The province has received enough vaccine to deliver a single dose to 17% of its population. The province used 74.46 percent of its available vaccine supply.
  • Nova Scotia reported 25,112 new vaccines administered in the past seven days, for a total of 83,148 doses administered. The province administered doses at a rate of 85.202 per 1,000. In the province, 2.42% (23,662) of the population were fully immunized. No new vaccine has been delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 154,630 doses delivered to date. The province has received enough vaccine to deliver a single dose to 16% of its population. The province used 53.77% of its available vaccine supply.
  • New Brunswick reports 23,342 new vaccines administered in the past seven days for a total of 81,064 doses administered. The province administered doses at a rate of 103.923 per 1,000. In the province, 1.57% (12,216) of the population were fully immunized. No new vaccine has been delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 123,115 doses delivered to date. The province has received enough vaccine to deliver a single dose to 16% of its population. The province used 65.84% of its available vaccine supply.
  • Quebec reports 54,712 new vaccines administered for a total of 1,176,670 doses administered. The province administered doses at a rate of 137.515 per 1,000. There have been 7,722 new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 1,380,295 doses delivered to date. The province has received enough vaccine to deliver a single dose to 16% of its population. The province used 85.25% of its available vaccine supply.
  • Ontario reports 77,740 new vaccines administered for a total of 1,916,332 doses administered. The province administered doses at a rate of 130.46 per 1,000. In the province, 2.10% (308,301) of the population were fully immunized. No new vaccine has been delivered to Ontario for a total of 2,353,665 doses delivered to date. The province has received enough vaccine to deliver a single dose to 16% of its population. The province used 81.42 percent of its available vaccine supply.
  • Manitoba reports 5,738 new vaccines administered for a total of 163,137 doses administered. The province administered doses at a rate of 118.472 per 1,000. In the province, 3.83% (52,693) of the population were fully immunized. No new vaccine has been delivered to Manitoba for a total of 248,180 doses delivered to date. The province has received enough vaccine to deliver a single dose to 18% of its population. The province used 65.73% of its available vaccine supply.
  • Saskatchewan reports 4,814 new vaccines administered for a total of 167,509 doses administered. The province administered doses at a rate of 142.059 per 1,000. In the province, 3.09% (36,494) of the population were fully immunized. No new vaccine has been delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 188,025 doses delivered to date. The province has received enough vaccine to deliver a single dose to 16% of its population. The province used 89.09% of its available vaccine supply.
  • Alberta reports 18,460 new vaccines administered for a total of 577,223 doses administered. The province administered doses at a rate of 131.126 per 1,000. In the province, 2.17% (95,452) of the population were fully immunized. No new vaccine has been delivered to Alberta for a total of 697,415 doses delivered to date. The province has received enough vaccine to deliver a single dose to 16% of its population. The province used 82.77% of its available vaccine supply.
  • British Columbia reports no new vaccinations administered for a total of 637,856 doses administered. The province administered doses at a rate of 124.30 per 1,000. In the province, 1.70% (87,233) of the population were fully immunized. No new vaccine has been delivered to British Columbia for a total of 810,220 doses delivered to date. The province has received enough vaccine to deliver a single dose to 16% of its population. The province used 78.73% of its available vaccine supply.
  • The Yukon does not report any new immunizations administered for a total of 33,825 doses administered. The territory administered doses at a rate of 810.549 per 1000. In the territory, 25.86% (10,791) of the population were fully immunized. No new vaccine has been delivered to the Yukon for a total of 51,400 doses delivered to date. The territory has received enough vaccine to administer a single dose to 120% of its population. The territory used 65.81% of its available vaccine supply.
  • The Northwest Territories reports zero new vaccines administered for a total of 35,397 doses administered. The territory administered doses at a rate of 784.525 per 1,000. In the territory, 29.44% (13,283) of the population were fully immunized. No new vaccine has been delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 51,600 doses delivered to date. The territory has received enough vaccine to administer a single dose to 110% of its population. The territory used 68.6% of its available vaccine supply.
  • Nunavut does not report any new immunizations administered for a total of 19,669 doses administered. The territory administered doses of 507.902 per 1000. In the territory, 17.52% (6,785) of the population were fully immunized. No new vaccine has been delivered to Nunavut for a total of 37,500 doses delivered to date. The territory has received enough vaccine to administer a single dose to 97% of its population. The territory used 52.45% of its available vaccine supply.

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