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- Germany recommends a combination of AstraZeneca and mRNA vaccines.
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- India’s virus death toll has passed 400,000 and experts say it is higher.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.
Trudeau obtained the Moderna mRNA vaccine at a pharmacy in Ottawa.
His wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, got her second dose on Thursday. Trudeaus got their first doses in late April and received the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine.
Canada The National Immunization Advisory Committee (NACI) has updated its guidance Earlier this month, Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines were allowed to be used interchangeably, due to the fact that they use similar mRNA technology. The NACI also said that the first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine could be followed by either Moderna or Pfizer.
Trudeau said vaccinations are a way out of the pandemic and praised Canadians in his Canada Day message for getting their vaccines to help get life back to normal.
What’s happening all over Canada
As of 10:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Canada has reported 1,415,887 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 7,067 active cases. CBC News’ death toll stood at 26,299 earlier on Friday. More than 37.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far across the country, according to the CBC Vaccine Tracker.
Many provinces did not announce Thursday’s numbers due to the holiday.
Ontario There were 200 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths on Friday. Also, 284 new infections were recorded, with 19 additional deaths Thursday.
British Columbia Entered the next stage of Reopen plan The state of emergency imposed since March 2020, was lifted, Thursday.
The easing of restrictions means residents can eat indoors and out without number restrictions, and attend fairs and festivals with an infectious disease plan. The county is also allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 5,000 people.
Masks are no longer mandatory before more restrictions are removed in September, although regional health official Dr Bonnie Henry has encouraged people to continue wearing them indoors.
Alberta Almost all remaining COVID-19-related restrictions were lifted Thursday, ending capacity restrictions on restaurants, stores and places of worship, as well as restrictions on indoor and outdoor social gatherings.
The entire county, with the exception of Calgary, has also lifted its mask mandate.
Newfoundland and Labrador It reopened Thursday for non-essential travelers from outside Atlantic Canada who fill in input form.
The county reported one new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday.
new bronze No new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday after three new cases were confirmed the day before.
Nova Scotia It reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.
Prince Edward Island No new cases were reported on Thursday.
What is happening around the world
As of early Friday, more than 182.6 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to data published by Johns Hopkins University in the United States of America. The reported global death toll was more than 3.9 million.
at Europe, Germany recommends that all people who get the first AstraZeneca vaccine switch to a different type of vaccine for the second shot. The goal is to increase the speed and effectiveness of vaccines as the most contagious delta variant spreads.
The German Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, said that the addition of an injection of messenger RNA provides more protection against the delta variant, which is endemic to Britain, and is expected to become so in Germany this month, than two shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
In the Asia Pacific Region, the delta type of coronavirus is on the rise, with a spike in South Korea.
The country reported 826 new cases on Friday, the highest level in nearly six months. Most cases have been reported in and around the capital, Seoul.
Health officials have linked the increase to both summer gatherings and the spread of the more contagious type.
Japan reported earlier in the week that the delta variant now accounts for nearly a third of all cases in the eastern part of the country, including Tokyo, and that could rise to 50 percent by mid-July.
On Friday, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike confirmed that a spectator ban for the Olympics, which begins on July 23, would be an option if the COVID-19 situation worsens.
The variant was first discovered in India in December last year, and has spread to about 100 countries, and the World Health Organization recently warned that it could soon become the dominant form of the virus.
India on Friday passed the milestone of losing more than 400,000 people to COVID-19, a number that, while huge, is still believed to be a much lower number due to a lack of testing and reporting.
More than half of India’s reported coronavirus deaths – the third highest of any country – have occurred over the past two months as the variable delta virus tore through the country and flooded an already strained health system.
New cases are declining after exceeding 400,000 a day in May, but authorities are preparing for another possible wave and trying to ramp up vaccination.
The country’s Ministry of Health said that 853 people died in the past 24 hours, bringing the total deaths to 400,312. It also reported 46,617 new cases, bringing the total number of epidemic cases in the country to 30.4 million.
India, with a population of nearly 1.4 billion, is the third country to exceed 400,000 deaths, after the United States and Brazil.
Experts believe that the reported deaths and injuries in India are far below the number. They say countless people died during April and May outside hospitals and before they could be tested for the virus.
A model from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that there have been more than 1.1 million deaths from COVID-19 in India.
India’s federal ministers from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dismissed reports of underestimating the account as exaggerated and misleading.
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