Ontario’s new COVID-19 cases below 2,000 amid technical glitch in Toronto

Clay Curtis
January 22, 2021

Days after U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer said it will temporarily reduce deliveries to Europe of its COVID-19 vaccine, Norway on Thursday said it is ready for reduced supply of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine until the second week of February.

"I don't buy any of that crap", Ford said.

Canada was scheduled to get 417,000 doses over the next two weeks, and now expects to receive about 171,000.

The delay, which the US pharma giant said would last for a few weeks, affects not only the number of people who can get inoculated during that period but also throws off the careful choreography that governments mapped out to get elderly residents and caregivers the required two doses within a strict timetable of several weeks. "That's what we would love to see from the president".

To date, more than 40 per cent of all long-term care homes across the province have had an opportunity to receive the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 83,000 long-term care residents, staff and essential caregivers have been vaccinated.

"We know that some communities have been more affected by COVID-19 than others, and many people face barriers to finding a safe place to self-isolate in order to keep their families and communities safe", explained Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark.

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The federal government is extending current restrictions on non-U.S. worldwide travel into Canada until at least February 21. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly about it.

"In Northern Ontario ... we're working with remote, fly-in, Indigenous communities", Verma said.

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn't doing enough to pressure Pfizer to limit the effect on Canada and is urging him to get company CEO Albert Bourla on the phone right away.

Six more deaths were recorded in Ottawa, with 415 deaths now attributed to coronavirus in the city.

The European Union is likely to pursue Pfizer with a different weapon but equal fervour.

Rob Gillies in Toronto, Nicole Winfield in Rome, Sam Petrequin in Brussels, Karel Janicek in Prague and Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed.

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