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More than 5,000 international air travellers positive for COVID-19 since February

More than 5,000 international air travellers positive for COVID-19 since February

Among them, 1,566 tested positive for a variant of concern and another 134 tested positive for a variant of interest. More than 95 per cent of the variants of concern are B.1.1.7, first identified in the United Kingdom.
NACI advice on 'preferred vaccines' for COVID-19 sparks confusion, anger

NACI advice on 'preferred vaccines' for COVID-19 sparks confusion, anger

NACI said Monday that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are "preferred" and that Canadians should weigh the risks of waiting for one of them before deciding whether to take a more immediate jab of either of the other two approved for use in Canada.
Canada to receive 2M vaccine doses this week as Pfizer-BioNTech ramp up deliveries

Canada to receive 2M vaccine doses this week as Pfizer-BioNTech ramp up deliveries

Pfizer and BioNTech have been consistently delivering around one million doses from Brussels each week since mid-March, but those numbers will double over the next month before increasing further in June.
Plans to distribute first doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on hold

Plans to distribute first doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on hold

The facility where some of the vaccines were manufactured was recently cited for violations including cleaning and sterilization failures, the potential for cross-contamination and failure to follow required protocols.
Hundreds of travellers landing in Canada test positive for COVID-19 variants

Hundreds of travellers landing in Canada test positive for COVID-19 variants

Data supplied to The Canadian Press by the Public Health Agency of Canada show that between Feb. 22 and April 22, 557 international air travellers tested positive for a variant of concern.
Trudeau defends Canada's travel restrictions as effective but open to doing more

Trudeau defends Canada's travel restrictions as effective but open to doing more

OTTAWA — Governments are looking at new limits for travel both into and within Canada, as the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to set heartbreaking records.
Federal Budget 2021: Liberals extend COVID-19 aid with election top of mind

Federal Budget 2021: Liberals extend COVID-19 aid with election top of mind

OTTAWA — The first federal budget in more than two years extends Ottawa’s COVID-19 "lifeline" for workers and struggling businesses another few months as it aims to pull Canada through the pandemic once and for all.
Several provinces lower age eligibility for AstraZeneca: at look at the vaccine

Several provinces lower age eligibility for AstraZeneca: at look at the vaccine

Several provinces are lowering their minimum age requirement for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, allowing those 40 and older to receive the jab as unruly spread of COVID-19 continues in their jurisdictions.
Federal government expecting 1M vaccine doses this week after Moderna delays delivery

Federal government expecting 1M vaccine doses this week after Moderna delays delivery

Ottawa had planned to take delivery of about 1.2 million doses from Moderna as well, but that was before government officials revealed last week that the shipment would be both delayed and scaled back. 
Ottawa's COVID-19 vaccine point man aims to ensure more predictability for shipments

Ottawa's COVID-19 vaccine point man aims to ensure more predictability for shipments

The point man for Canada's vaccine rollout is aiming to ensure provinces aren't left scrambling when doses don't arrive as planned, as Ontario reported a record number of new daily COVID-19 infections. Maj.-Gen.