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Researchers flag increase in COVID-19 cases in Canadian prisons, jails

Researchers flag increase in COVID-19 cases in Canadian prisons, jails

Since Dec. 1, there have been over 1,962 cases.
Ottawa gives accounting firm Deloitte $16M contract to track COVID-19 vaccinations

Ottawa gives accounting firm Deloitte $16M contract to track COVID-19 vaccinations

Ottawa says 548,000 doses had been distributed to the provinces and territories as of last Thursday.
PM hosts cabinet retreat to plot path through pandemic, resumption of Parliament

PM hosts cabinet retreat to plot path through pandemic, resumption of Parliament

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will host a virtual cabinet retreat to plot strategy for the resumption of Parliament later this month in the midst of the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 vaccine arrives in remote First Nations across Canada

COVID-19 vaccine arrives in remote First Nations across Canada

First Nations across Canada have begun to receive doses of COVID-19 vaccines as provincial immunization programs get underway and Indigenous leaders encourage people to roll up their sleeves.
Experts call for community sacrifices to ensure COVID-19 safety in schools

Experts call for community sacrifices to ensure COVID-19 safety in schools

TORONTO — Schools shuttered by fears of a post-holiday pandemic surge reopen in many parts of the country Monday, but experts say keeping kids safe will depend on stepped-up control measures beyond the learning environment.
Pfizer study suggests vaccine works against virus variant

Pfizer study suggests vaccine works against virus variant

The mutated version spreading in Britain has also been detected in the U.S. and numerous other countries.
Approved COVID-19 vaccines not enough to inoculate all Canadians by September: Anand

Approved COVID-19 vaccines not enough to inoculate all Canadians by September: Anand

OTTAWA — Federal procurement minister Anita Anand says Canada will do "whatever it takes" to get more vaccine doses delivered to Canada faster but there hasn't yet been any change to the number of doses Canada is expecting to receive this winter and
How does Canada's COVID-19 vaccine rollout compare to other countries?

How does Canada's COVID-19 vaccine rollout compare to other countries?

Israel leads the world in vaccines administered per population, giving at least one dose to 17 per cent of its 9 million people in less than three weeks.
At least two senators left country amid COVID-19 pandemic, five not saying

At least two senators left country amid COVID-19 pandemic, five not saying

The vast majority — 87 of the current roster of 93 senators — say they have stayed home, as recommended by public health authorities
Canadian snowbirds flock to vaccinate in Florida as rollouts lag north of the border

Canadian snowbirds flock to vaccinate in Florida as rollouts lag north of the border

Florida allows anyone aged 65 and older to sign up for vaccination — at clinics, hospitals drive-thru sites and soon pharmacies — including non-residents and foreigners.