The latest coronavirus news in Canada and around the world Monday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
6h20 : Vaccine maker Novavax said on Monday that its vaccine was highly effective against COVID-19 and also protected against variants in a large late-stage study in the United States and Mexico.
The vaccine was around 90% effective overall and preliminary data showed it to be safe, the company said.
While the demand for COVID-19 vaccines in the United States has declined dramatically, the need for more vaccines around the world remains critical. The Novavax vaccine, which is easy to store and transport, is expected to play an important role in increasing vaccine supply in developing countries.
That help is still months away, however. The company said it plans to seek authorization for injections in the United States, Europe and elsewhere by the end of September and would be able to produce up to 100 million doses per month by then.
6h05 : British Columbia appears poised to ease public health measures imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 today as it seeks to fully reopen the province shortly after Labor Day.
Premier John Horgan, many of his ministers and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will hold a press conference to announce next steps in British Columbia’s plan to restart the province safely.
Horgan announced a four-step plan last month that he said could allow residents to attend live concerts, watch indoor sporting events and remove their masks by September 7.
Last month’s reopening efforts began with relaxed restrictions on gatherings, sporting events and indoor and outdoor dining.
Stage 2 of the plan says today’s announcement could signal the lifting of province-wide travel restrictions, the return of high-intensity indoor fitness classes and extended hours of service alcohol until midnight.
Horgan has previously said B.C.’s high vaccination rate is bringing the province back to normal, but the extent of the reopening will depend on data on COVID-19 cases.
5h45: More Ontarians will be able to reserve a second accelerated dose of COVID-19 vaccine starting today.
Those who received a first injection of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine can now book their second injection after eight weeks.
The Ontario government previously set a minimum wait time of 12 weeks for people who take a first dose of AstraZeneca.
They can choose to receive a second dose of AstraZeneca or switch to an mRNA vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.
People who live in areas where the Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading and who received their first injection by May 9 can now also make an appointment for their second dose.
The strategy focuses on Toronto, Peel, Halton, Porcupine, Waterloo, York and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.
The government is also encouraging unvaccinated residents of these areas to get vaccinated.
5 am: Canada is set to receive around 9.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week thanks to a massive injection of Moderna vaccines.
The federal government said the Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical company will deliver a total of 7.1 million jabs in two separate shipments this week.
The first shipment of 2.9 million doses is expected to arrive and be shipped to the provinces by mid-week. The remaining 4.2 million will arrive later in the week, but will not be sent to provinces and territories until next week.
Another 2.4 million doses are also expected to come from Pfizer and BioNTech, which have been delivering large weekly deliveries on a regular basis since mid-March.
Deliveries expected over the next seven days will more than double the number of shots Moderna has sent to Canada. The company had delivered just $ 6.2 million at the end of last week, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
4h45: Quebec is once again easing restrictions related to COVID-19 in parts of the province, including Montreal and Quebec.
As of this morning, all regions that were previously classified as orange zones on the province’s pandemic alert system have been demoted to yellow.
These include Montreal, Quebec, Laval, Montérégie south of Montreal, the Laurentians, Lanaudière, Estrie, Outaouais and parts of Bas-St-Laurent.
The change means people from two different households can come together indoors, outdoor team sports can resume, and more people can attend weddings, funerals and church services.
4:15 am: Yukon’s acting chief medical officer has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in Whitehorse.
There are currently 18 active cases of the virus in the territory, including 15 in its capital.
Dr Catherine Elliott says the outbreak is affecting people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
She says some of those infected attended organized rallies and informal events, such as high school graduation ceremonies and house parties.
Six of the cases were reported on Friday.
The Yukon has experienced a total of 104 cases of COVID-19 during the pandemic.
4 am: The latest COVID-19 immunization figures in Canada at 4 a.m. ET on Monday, June 14, 2021:
In Canada, the provinces report 383,285 new vaccines administered for a total of 29,008,156 doses administered. Nationally, 4,593,695 people, or 12% of the population, have been fully immunized.
The provinces administered doses at a rate of 76,540.13 per 100,000.
No new vaccine has been delivered to provinces and territories for a total of 31,432,264 doses delivered to date. The provinces and territories used 92.29% of their available vaccine supply.
4 am: The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada at 4 a.m. ET on Monday, June 14, 2021:
There are 1,402,126 confirmed cases in Canada. Canada: 1,402,126 confirmed cases (16,955 active, 1,359,240 resolved, 25,931 deaths). The total number of cases includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travelers.
There were 1,122 new cases on Sunday. The rate of active cases is 44.61 per 100,000 people. In the past seven days, there have been a total of 9,216 new cases. The seven-day moving average of new cases is 1,317.
There were 17 new deaths reported on Sunday. In the past seven days, a total of 197 new deaths have been reported. The seven-day moving average of new reported deaths is 28. The seven-day moving average death rate is 0.07 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 68.23 per 100,000 people.