Canada’s COVID-19 inoculation drive plowed forward on Sunday as provinces continued to host mass vaccination clinics and and pop-up clinics despite hot weather and questions over dose mixing.
In Ontario, health workers plan to administer about 25,000 doses in Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, home of the Raptors and Maple Leafs, which has been converted into a huge vaccine clinic for what’s been billed as Toronto Vaccine Day.
Toronto Public Health and its partners hope to set a North American record for the most COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in a single day.
According to the city of Toronto, 17,003 doses were administered at a drive-thru clinic at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, in April. The city wants to beat that record.
Mayor John Tory, who was first inoculated with the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, was administered Moderna as his second shot at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday.
Tory is the latest official to mix doses, which the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) says is safe and effective.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, received a Moderna shot on Saturday after getting a Pfizer-BioNTech dose in April.
Tam on Sunday urged Toronto residents to attend the mass clinic if they can.
“Show the @MapleLeafs and the @Raptors that good things happen when you take the winning shot!” she tweeted.
<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Toronto?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Toronto</a> – you got this! Show the <a href=”https://twitter.com/MapleLeafs?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@MapleLeafs</a> and the <a href=”https://twitter.com/Raptors?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@Raptors</a> that good things happen when you take the winning shot! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/GetVaxxed?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#GetVaxxed</a> <a href=”https://t.co/1qfL2X0Axx”>https://t.co/1qfL2X0Axx</a>
In British Columbia, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement that many pop-up vaccination sites will be moved indoors to cooler locations this weekend as much of Western Canada swelters under high temperatures.
The town of Lytton in B.C.’s southern Interior was the hottest spot in Canada on Saturday with the temperature hitting 42.9 C. Environment Canada warns of a dangerous, prolonged heat wave across most of the province and parts of Alberta, expected to last until at least Tuesday.
What’s happening across Canada
As of 1:40 p.m. ET on Sunday, Canada had reported 1,413,255 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 8,774 considered active. A CBC News tally of deaths stood at 26,227 More than 34 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far across the country, according to CBC’s vaccine tracker.
In Manitoba, a child under the age of 10 in Winnipeg has died after contracting COVID-19, the province said.
Quebec on Monday will move to the lowest alert level of the province’s colour-coded COVID-19 alert system, which allows for more relaxed restrictions on social gatherings and group sports.
For Montreal Canadiens fans, their Stanley Cup run encountered a hurdle on Sunday after forward Joel Armia entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on the eve of Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
New Brunswick added just one case, and the province announced it administered a record 14,938 vaccine doses on Saturday.
In Prince Edward Island, travellers from the Atlantic provinces can now enter without having to self-isolate, as long as they have at least one dose of a vaccine and receive a negative test upon arrival.
Nova Scotia saw three new cases on Sunday. A news release said there is still limited community spread in the central health zone, and the eastern, northern and western zones are being monitored for evidence of community spread.
In the Northwest Territories, a non-resident has tested positive in Hay River. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola said the case is linked to out-of-territory travel and that there are currently no public health risk exposures.
What’s happening around the world
As of Sunday, more than 180.7 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to the latest numbers from Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus tracker. The reported global death toll stood at more than 3.9 million.
In Asia, Malaysia’s leader says the country will indefinitely extend a near-total lockdown that’s been in place for a month, as COVID-19 infections remain high.
In Europe, Italian health and regional officials are urging people to leave for vacation only after they are vaccinated, as the delta variant is becoming more prevalent in the country.
In Africa, Tunisia Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, who received a vaccine shot last month, has contracted COVID-19.
In the Americas, after months of closing temporary hospital spaces as the coronavirus pandemic receded, Mexico says it will re-open two temporary wards to handle a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.
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