Canada will donate 10 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to the COVAX vaccine-sharing alliance and one other $15 million to assist make mRNA vaccines in Africa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced Saturday.
The Moderna donation is a part of 73 million doses Canada mentioned it was pledging to the growing world.
Trudeau revealed particulars of the donations in Rome whereas attending the G20 leaders’ summit. Canada would additionally improve its monetary contribution to the worldwide vaccine sharing alliance, he mentioned, with a purpose of donating or paying for at the least 200 million vaccine doses for low and center revenue international locations by the tip of subsequent 12 months.
Canada has beforehand promised to donate 40 million doses from its personal contracts, and pay for an estimated 87 million extra by means of greater than $500 million in money donations to COVAX.
To this point, 3.4 million doses have been delivered from Canada’s contracts. The funding has been delivered, but it surely’s not clear what number of doses have been bought with Canada’s cash.
Securing provides of vaccine has been tough as a result of rich international locations snapped up many of the early provides.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland mentioned Canada is one in every of solely six international locations which have donated their fair proportion to what’s often known as the ACT accelerator, a global program serving to fund COVID-19 testing and coverings for international locations struggling to afford them.
What’s occurring in Canada
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Residence Care Ontario says nurses, private assist staff and therapists have left the house care business in droves in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group that represents an estimated 28,000 dwelling care service suppliers says it has misplaced 3,000 staff since final 12 months.
CEO Sue VanderBent says the employees have left largely resulting from larger pay in hospitals and long-term care properties.
She says the group can solely fulfil 60 per cent of dwelling care requests, down from 95 per cent pre-pandemic.
VanderBent says the business wants assist from the province, which up to now has given billions to hospitals and nursing properties with out offering related funding for dwelling care.
The province says it’s working towards a modernization technique to higher serve sufferers.
What’s occurring all over the world
As of noon Sunday morning, greater than 246.4 million COVID-19 circumstances had been reported worldwide, in line with Johns Hopkins College’s on-line coronavirus database. The reported international demise toll stood at greater than 4.9 million.
In Asia, Shanghai Disneyland mentioned on Sunday that it has quickly suspended entry to co-operate with COVID-19 investigations linked to different Chinese language provinces and cities.
Company at the moment within the park are required to endure COVID-19 checks on the exit once they go away, Shanghai Disneyland mentioned on its Chinese language social media account.
Entry to the close by Disneytown has additionally been halted, Shanghai Disneyland mentioned.
In Europe, Russia on Sunday reported 40,993 new COVID-19 infections, its highest single-day case tally because the begin of the pandemic. The nation’s coronavirus job drive additionally reported 1,158 coronavirus-related deaths prior to now 24 hours.
That introduced Russia’s official COVID-19 demise rely to 238,538, by far the most important in Europe. Greater than 8.51 million infections have been recorded within the nation of 146 million in the course of the pandemic.
Within the Americas, lots of of individuals against COVID-19 vaccine mandates rallied Saturday on the Kansas Statehouse and pushed state lawmakers to shortly counter them.
The Biden administration is requiring vaccinations for all federal staff and sure health-care staff. Non-public employers with 100 or extra staff should require them to be vaccinated or examined weekly.