The latest coronavirus news in Canada and around the world Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
10h15 Ontario reports 218 cases of COVID-19 and over 14,100 tests performed. Locally, there are 40 new cases in Toronto, 33 in Peel Region, 23 in York Region, 16 in Middlesex-London and 14 in Hamilton.
9h22 : Ontario pharmacists say thousands of doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will expire soon, and they are warning that the supply could be wasted if people do not show up for the vaccine.
The CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association said some Moderna injections were due to expire in early August and that generally supplies that arrive in bulk must be used up within 30 days.
Justin Bates said a slowdown in vaccine deployment in Ontario and the public’s preference for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has made it difficult for pharmacists to use Moderna doses.
“It’s a horrible situation for them (pharmacists),” Bates said in an interview. “They have done everything they can to make sure there is no waste, but yet they come to this place where they maybe need to, or already have. “
Bates’ comments came after a health unit covering London, Ont. Asked the public to roll up their sleeves for Moderna vaccines before more than 21,300 unallocated doses expire in two weeks.
8h25 : You can’t see or smell it, but it creates a social divide that turns everything from school rules to international travel to small chats at backyard barbecues.
This is your COVID-19 vaccine status.
As more and more people come out of isolation, blink their eyes against the sunlight, and dust off Cheetos’ crumbs, we find socializing a challenge – and not just because most of us miss it. training.
This week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada has enough doses to fully immunize all eligible people in the country. This means that the vast majority of unvaccinated people will soon be vaccinated by choice, rather than a lack of vaccines.
As jurisdictions around the world wonder how to increase vaccination rates, whether stick or carrot, the question becomes: what do the vaccinated and the unvaccinated owe?
Read the full story of Alex Boyd from The Star.
8h15 : Ohio has planted a memorial grove of native trees to remember those who have died from COVID-19, and state governors and lawmakers across the country are considering their own ways to mark the toll of the virus.
Temporary memorials have sprung up across the United States – 250,000 white flags at RFK Stadium in the nation’s capital, a hand-carved flower garden in Florida, chains of origami cranes in Los Angeles.
The process of creating more lasting memories that honor the more than 600,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus, however, is onerous compared to past commemorative campaigns due to politics.
Last year, a bill starting a national COVID-19 memorial process died in Congress as the Trump administration sought to lessen the ravages of the pandemic.
8h00: Cries of “Freedom! Echoed in the streets and squares of Italy and France as thousands of people protest against plans to require vaccination cards for normal social activities, such as dining inside restaurants, visit museums or applaud in sports stadiums.
The leaders of the two countries see the cards, nicknamed the “green pass” in Italy and the “health pass” in France, as necessary to increase vaccination rates and convince the undecided.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi compared the anti-vaccination message from some political leaders to “a call to die”.
The looming requirement is working, with demands for vaccination booming in both countries.
Yet there are pockets of resistance from those who see it as a violation of civil liberties or who are concerned about vaccine safety. Around 80,000 people demonstrated in Italian cities last weekend, while thousands marched in Paris over the last three weekends, sometimes clashing with police.
7h30 : An outdoor drinking bout in Athletes’ Village that broke rules designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 at the Games is under investigation, Tokyo Olympics officials said on Sunday.
Organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto said “several athletes” and other team officials were drinking alcohol in the village park on Friday evening. Police arrived after the incident, Muto said at a press briefing, without identifying the athletes or any teams involved or what action, if any, officers took.
The 11,000 athletes at the Tokyo Olympics were warned ahead of the Games that group drinking was a violation of so-called playbook rules designed to limit COVID-19 infections.
Athletes were told they could drink alone in their rooms at the 21-tower residential complex next to Tokyo Bay.
In the most serious cases of rule violations, athletes can be kicked out of the village and have their Olympic accreditation revoked.
Read more from The Associated Press.