The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Thursday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
6h11: It seems like every new restaurant opening over the past month is some sort of hybrid between pizza, fried chicken sandwiches, or burgers. Take-out and more convenient to sell than, say, a fixed price of three dishes. But when Toronto emerges from one of the world’s longest indoor dining bans, what will the restaurant scene look like?
Read the full story of Karon Liu from The Star.
6h05: U.S. health officials have granted emergency clearance for a third antibody drug to help reduce hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.
The FDA said on Wednesday it had cleared the drug from GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology for people with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 who face additional risks of serious illness, including the elderly and those with underlying health problems.
There has been low demand for two similar drugs already available, mainly due to logistical hurdles in their delivery and confusion over their availability. U.S. health officials have attempted to raise awareness of the treatments, connecting people who test positive for COVID-19 with information about nearby providers.
The drugs are given as a single intravenous infusion in a hospital or clinic and should be given within 10 days of the onset of symptoms.
6h03: The city that was once Australia’s worst COVID-19 hotspot on Thursday announced a seven-day lockdown, the fourth since the start of the pandemic.
The lockdown of Melbourne and the rest of Victoria state comes after a new cluster in the city grew to 26 infections, including one person in intensive care.
Victoria’s Acting Prime Minister James Merlino said: “Unless something changes, it will get more and more out of control.”
The new Melbourne cluster was discovered after an Indian traveler was infected with a more contagious variant of the virus while in quarantine at a hotel in the state of South Australia earlier this month. The traveler was not diagnosed until he returned home to Melbourne.
Australia’s second-largest city last year suffered a second wave of infections that peaked at 725 new cases in a single day in August at a time when the spread of the community had been all but eliminated elsewhere in the country.
This lockdown lasted 111 days. A third lockdown that lasted for five days in February was triggered by a cluster of 13 cases linked to the quarantine of a hotel near Melbourne airport.
Victoria is responsible for 820 of the 910 coronavirus deaths in Australia during the pandemic.
6h03: Production of another potential vaccine against COVID-19 will begin in a few weeks, its developers Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline announced Thursday as they launched a large phase III trial recruiting 35,000 adult volunteers in the United States, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The study will test the effectiveness of candidate vaccine formulas against the virus that spreads from Wuhan, China, and against a variant first seen in South Africa, the drug companies said.
If the trial is successful, regulators could approve the vaccine for use in the last three months of the year, the companies said in a statement.
“Manufacturing will begin in the coming weeks to allow rapid access to the vaccine if approved,” they added.
In their statement, Thomas Triomphe, who heads vaccine research and development at Sanofi Pasteur, also said:
“We are encouraged to see the first vaccinations begin to take place in such an important pivotal Phase 3 study.”
6 h: China on Thursday accused the Biden administration of playing politics and shirking responsibility by calling for a new investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic that was first detected in China in late 2019.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily briefing that President Joe Biden’s order shows that the United States “does not care about the facts and the truth, nor is it interested in a serious search for the scientific origin.
Biden has asked U.S. intelligence officials to redouble their efforts to investigate the origins of the pandemic, including any possibility that the trail leads to a Chinese lab.
After months of downplaying this possibility as a fringe theory, the Biden administration is joining global pressure on China to be more open to the epidemic, in a bid to ward off Republican complaints that the president was not tough enough to pressure China over an alleged obstruction.
5 h 55: A Calgary mayoral candidate was arrested in Edmonton in connection with an anti-masking incident at a shopping center earlier this month.
Officers arrested Kevin J. Johnston, 49, without incident yesterday on a Criminal Code warrant for causing unrest and for participating in an illegal public gathering contrary to the Court of Queen’s Bench order.
It is alleged that on Saturday May 22, Johnston walked into several stores in the CORE Mall in downtown Calgary without a mask and verbally abused employees who asked him to put one on.
He then left the stores and returned moments later with several other unmasked people, who verbally confronted the employees while televising the event live.
The city of Calgary said authorities are still investigating the incident.
5 h 55: The federal government is urging provinces not to waste thousands of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that will expire in a few days.
In a letter to her provincial and territorial counterparts, Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu encourages provinces that are unable to get their doses of AstraZeneca to people’s arms by the end of the month to give them away to provinces that can.
It offers federal support to ensure that doses are not wasted.
Hajdu says the Public Health Agency of Canada can help with logistics and coordination if a province or territory concludes that it cannot use all of its doses by the expiration date and wishes to transfer them elsewhere in the country.
The issue is expected to be discussed further today during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s regular conference call on the pandemic with prime ministers.
It’s unclear how many doses are likely to be wasted, but Ontario is scrambling to use some 45,000 AstraZeneca injections by the end of May, with another 10,000 expected to expire in June, while Manitoba said that he had 7000 doses which will expire. in a few days.
5 h 51: Educators across the country expect students to return to class full time next fall. Many parents worry about what more than one year of interrupted schooling has meant for their children.
Experts say children’s social and emotional needs and their patience with school performance will be paramount when classroom doors reopen.
“They have just experienced an unprecedented situation,” said Tracy Vaillancourt, professor of education at the University of Ottawa, specializing in research on children’s mental health.
Read the full story of The Canadian Press here.
5 h 50: A Canadian-made COVID-19 vaccine undergoing clinical trials in Halifax struggles to recruit enough participants as vaccination rates rise in Nova Scotia.
The Canadian Center for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University is trying to complete the second phase of the Phase 1 trial for a vaccine developed by Edmonton-based Entos Pharmaceuticals, but says it is difficult to find volunteers because more in addition to people getting vaccinated.
Center director Dr Scott Halperin said research was underway for a dozen more people between the ages of 18 and 55 who have not yet been vaccinated and have not been exposed to the virus. They are needed to complete the initial phase of the trial, which requires a total of 36 participants.
In an interview on Wednesday, Halperin said recruiting remained a challenge, especially as the province announced an acceleration of its vaccine rollout this week, with plans to deliver second doses two to four weeks earlier than expected. initially.
He also noted that vaccination rates will only increase if the vaccine is now available in Nova Scotia for people 20 years of age and older.
“The vaccine deployment program is ahead of schedule, which means there are fewer people who would be eligible for a clinical trial,” Halperin said. “There is a decreasing number of people who are still not vaccinated.”
4 am: The latest COVID-19 immunization figures in Canada at 4 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
In Canada, provinces report 301,113 new vaccines administered for a total of 21,938,721 doses administered. Nationwide, 1,743,426 people, or 4.6% of the population, have been fully immunized. The provinces administered doses at a rate of 57,886,912 per 100,000 population.
To date, 21,300 new vaccines have been delivered to provinces and territories, for a total of 25,390,194 doses. The provinces and territories used 86.41% of their stock of available vaccine.
4 am: The last number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada at 4 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
There are 1,368,106 confirmed cases in Canada.
Canada: 1,368,106 confirmed cases (44,785 active, 1,297,960 resolved, 25,361 deaths). * The total number of cases includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travelers.
There were 2,594 new cases on Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 117.84 per 100,000 people. In the past seven days, there have been a total of 25,719 new cases. The seven-day moving average of new cases is 3,674.
There were 38 new deaths reported on Wednesday. In the past seven days, 295 new deaths have been reported. The seven-day moving average of new reported deaths is 42. The seven-day moving average death rate is 0.11 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 66.73 per 100,000 people.
There were 34,372,343 tests performed.