Coronavirus: Canada sees 2,828 COVID cases as feds ink deal to produce vaccines at home

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Coronavirus Canada Updates: Waterloo Region adds 61 new COVID-19 cases Monday as hospitalizations
Coronavirus Canada Updates: Waterloo Region adds 61 new COVID-19 cases Monday as hospitalizations

Canada added 2,828 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, pushing the total number of infections in the country to 786,421.

Health officials across the country also said another 81 people have died after testing positive for COVID-19, meaning to date, the virus has claimed 20,213 lives in Canada.

However, more than 716,000 people have recovered from the disease, and over 22.2 million tests have been administered.

According to Health Canada, as of Jan. 21, more than 1.1 million doses of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines had been distributed across the country.

Of those, 983,777 have been administered, meaning approximately 1.32 per cent of the country’s population have been vaccinated.

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced companies Precision NanoSystems and Novavax are on track to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

“This is a major step forward to get vaccines made in Canada for Canadians,” Trudeau said.

He said Canada has signed a memorandum of understanding with Novavax to produce their COVID-19 vaccine at the NRC Royalmount facility in Montreal.

“Pending Health Canada approval, tens of millions of Novavax COVID-19 doses will be made right here at home,” he said.

In Ontario, 745 new cases of the virus were reported, and health officials said another 14 people have died.

To date, the province has seen 270,925 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 6,238 fatalities.

Meanwhile, 1,053 new cases were detected in Quebec pushing the province’s total case load to 264,526.

Thirty-eight more deaths means to date, 9,862 people have died in Quebec after contracting COVID-19.

Saskatchewan added 223 new cases of the virus, for a total of 24,236 infections.

Eight more deaths in the province push the total death toll to 314.

Health officials in the province also said two cases of the virus variant first detected in the U.K. has been identified in the Regina zone.

Meanwhile, Manitoba reported 83 new cases of the virus, bringing the total in the province to 29,733. However, health officials said due to a “data reset,” no deaths were being reported on Tuesday.

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