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North American leaders to discuss vaccine sharing; Online reservations will soon no longer be required for walk-in programs in Toronto – .


The latest coronavirus news in Canada and around the world Thursday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

9h40 Why can’t some people vaccinated against COVID-19 make it to the United States?

Because they might not be vaccinated with vaccines recognized by the United States Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.

When the overseas travel restrictions were lifted in November, the United States required adults coming to the country to be fully immunized with vaccines approved or cleared by the FDA or authorized by the WHO.

Among the most widely used vaccines that do not meet these criteria are the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and the Chinese CanSino vaccine. Sputnik V is licensed for use in over 70 countries while CanSino is licensed in at least nine countries. WHO is still waiting for more data on the two vaccines before making a decision.

9h20. The Czech government on Thursday approved new coronavirus restrictions that specifically target unvaccinated people amid a record spate of infections.

Health Minister Adam Vojtech said most unvaccinated people will no longer be allowed to present negative coronavirus test results in order to attend public events, go to bars and restaurants, visit hairdressers, museums and the like or use hotels.

Only those vaccinated and those who have recovered from COVID-19 will remain eligible. There are exceptions for adolescents aged 12 to 18, people whose medical condition does not allow vaccination, and people who have received only one injection of the vaccine.

Vojtech said the goal of the measures that go into effect on Monday is to motivate people to get vaccinated.

9h00 The number of Americans claiming unemployment benefits fell for the seventh week in a row to a pandemic low of 268,000.

Unemployment claims in the United States fell by 1,000 last week from the previous week, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Unemployment assistance claims are an indicator of layoffs, and their steady decline this year – after surpassing 900,000 a week in early January – reflects the strong recovery in the labor market after the year’s brief but intense coronavirus recession last. The four-week claims average, which smooths out week-to-week volatility, also fell to a pandemic low just below 273,000.

8h45 Online reservations will soon no longer be required for fitness centers, weight rooms, indoor playgrounds or free swimming in the City of Toronto.

Based on participant feedback, reservations will continue to be available for lane swimming and Aquafit, and additional walk-in spaces will be added.

8h30 The Philippines has granted emergency use authorization for Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years of age and older, becoming the second country after Indonesia to allow injections.

The vaccine was developed by the Maryland-based company and will be manufactured by the Serum Institute in India.

Novavax CEO Stanley C. Erck said in an announcement that the vaccine “will significantly help increase vaccination rates” in the Philippines, where only about 35% of the population is fully vaccinated.

8:10 Only half of the staff at a Hamilton nursing home are vaccinated despite working with vulnerable residents.

In data recently released by the Department of Seniors and Accessibility, three local senior citizens’ homes reported staff vaccination rates of around 50%. When asked to comment, two said their rates have since increased. But we didn’t.

All licensed retirement homes were to implement an immunization policy for staff, contractors, volunteers and students by September 21. 13 (or have an approved medical waiver), vaccination is not mandatory for nursing home workers.

7h21 German lawmakers on Thursday approved new measures to curb the record number of coronavirus infections after the head of the German disease control agency warned the country could face a ‘truly terrible Christmas’.

The measures were passed in the Bundestag with voices of center-left Social Democrats, Green environmentalists and pro-business Free Democrats. The three parties are currently negotiating to form a new government.

The legislation includes requirements for employees to prove that they are vaccinated, recovered from COVID-19 or have tested negative for the virus in order to access communal workplaces. They have yet to be approved by the upper house of the German parliament, the Bundesrat.

The center-right Christian Democrats of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel had wanted to expand the existing rules that have served as the basis for many national and statewide restrictions. Due to expire this month, the rules have been criticized for marginalizing parliament despite its central role in the German political system.

6 a.m : The Sudbury Student Services Consortium reported two more school bus cancellations on Wednesday.

The morning high and middle portion of the L500 bus line affecting students at St. Benedict Catholic High School has been canceled due to exposure to COVID-19 and is scheduled to resume on November 23.

The secondary and intermediate afternoon portion of the L022 bus line affecting students at St. Benedict Catholic High School has been canceled for the same reason.

There are approximately 40 bus routes in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts that have been canceled over the past week due to exposure to COVID-19 and a shortage of school bus drivers.

5h59 : Sudbury & Districts Public Health reported one new COVID-related death in its service area on Wednesday.

According to the health unit’s website, the deceased lived in Greater Sudbury. Public Health did not provide further details.

This is the 36th COVID-related death recorded in the health unit service area, and the second COVID-related death reported this week.

5h55 : Canada and Mexico will redistribute millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine they received from the United States to other countries in the Western Hemisphere as part of the Three Amigos Leaders Summit relaunched today.

Senior U.S. government officials described the measure ahead of President Joe Biden’s White House meeting today with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity as authorized rapporteurs, provided advance details on U.S. priorities ahead of the first North American leaders’ summit since Canada hosted the last five years ago. years.

Of those leaders, only Trudeau remains, but an initiative he announced with former US President Barack Obama in Ottawa in 2016 is being revived by Biden – a North American task force on violence against Indigenous women and girls. .

The three leaders will also seek to strengthen trilateral cooperation on the unprecedented Western Hemisphere migration crisis that has seen millions of Central American asylum seekers crash to Mexico’s borders while the economic and political crisis in the Venezuela is expected to produce six million refugees by the end of the year.

The overall theme of the summit is to join forces to rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic and make the North American continent more resilient and self-sufficient in the face of global supply chain bottlenecks.

5h54 : South Korea reported its biggest daily jump in coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic as hundreds of thousands of masked students flocked to schools on Thursday for the very college entrance exam. competitive position amid growing concerns about the spread caused by the Delta.

About 509,000 students took the one-day exam at 1,395 sites across the country, including hospitals and shelters.

The annual exam, called “Suneung,” or the University Academic Aptitude Test, is crucial in the education-obsessed country, where careers, social status, and even marriage prospects are highly dependent on the university you are attending. dating a person.

Students were required to have their temperature taken before entering classrooms, and those with a fever were sent to separate testing areas. The education ministry said 68 infected students and 105 others in self-quarantine took the hour-long test in isolation.

5h52 : Munich Christkindlmarkt, one of Germany’s oldest and largest Christmas markets, has been canceled for the second year in a row, as another wave of coronavirus sweeps the country.

It is the largest German Christmas market to be canceled yet, as events struggle to survive the country’s fourth virus wave after being mostly closed last year.

“This is bitter news that I have today for everyone in Munich, and in particular for the stand owners. However, the dire situation in our hospitals and the exponential increase in infection rates leaves me with no other choice, ”said Mayor Dieter Reiter.

Germans have flocked to open-air markets in the weeks leading up to Christmas since the 14th century, when vendors first built their stalls in city centers to sell their wares to people coming for church services. They offer a range of foods, craft gifts, and other provisions for upcoming celebrations and the long winter months.

Germany’s approximately 3,000 Christmas markets are a significant economic boon for many communities. Local restaurants, breweries, bakeries and artisans depend on the annual holiday fairs for a substantial portion of their income.

Thursday 5:49 am: The Philippines on Wednesday granted emergency use authorization for Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine to people 18 years of age and older, becoming the second country after Indonesia to allow injections.

The vaccine was developed by the Maryland-based company and will be manufactured by the Serum Institute in India.

Novavax CEO Stanley C. Erck said in an announcement that the vaccine “will contribute substantially to increasing vaccination rates” in the Philippines, where only about 35% of the population is fully vaccinated.

The Philippines has already approved eight other vaccines for emergency use: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Gamaleya Sputnik V and Bharat Biotech.

Read Wednesday’s coronavirus news.

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