Drug maker Johnson & Johnson says it will likely be in a position to present 20 million doses of its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine to the U.S. authorities by the tip of March, assuming it will get the inexperienced mild from federal regulators.
J&J disclosed the determine forward of a Congressional listening to on Tuesday wanting on the nation’s vaccine provide. White House officers cautioned final week that preliminary provides of J&J’s vaccine could be restricted.
The firm reiterated that it’ll have capability to offer 100 million vaccine doses to the U.S. by the tip of June. That provide will assist authorities officers attain the purpose of getting sufficient injections to vaccinate most grownup Americans later this yr. On a world scale, the corporate goals to provide one billion doses this yr.
U.S. well being regulators are nonetheless reviewing the protection and effectiveness of the shot and a call to permit its emergency use is predicted later this week. J&J’s vaccine could be the primary within the U.S. that requires solely a single shot.
Canada has an settlement with J&J for as much as 38 million doses of its vaccine, pending approval from Health Canada.
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses spaced weeks aside. Executives from each corporations and two different vaccine makers may even testify at Tuesday’s listening to.
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The U.S. has seen extra recorded circumstances of COVID-19 than some other nation on this planet, with greater than 28.1 million recorded circumstances. President Joe Biden on Monday described the demise toll, which surpassed 500,000, as a “truly grim, heartbreaking milestone.”
Biden urged Americans to withstand changing into “numb to the sorrow” and “viewing each life as a statistic.” The folks misplaced have been “extraordinary,” the president mentioned, noting that “to heal, we must remember.”
-From The Associated Press and CBC News, final up to date at 7 a.m. ET
What’s taking place throughout Canada
As of early Tuesday morning, Canada had reported 849,522 circumstances of COVID-19, with 31,166 circumstances thought of lively. A CBC News tally of deaths stood at 21,723.
The rising risk from COVID-19 variants has prompted the Manitoba authorities to tighten a few of its pandemic-control tips. Instead of 15 minutes, folks will probably be thought of contacts of a case — and be required to endure testing and self-isolation — if they’ve been in shut vary of an an infection for 10 minutes.
The province, which has up to now recognized 4 travel-related circumstances of the B117 variant, can be ending an exemption that allowed some family members of a constructive case to keep away from self-isolation. Going ahead, everybody in the identical house as a constructive case must self-isolate and get examined.
“We need to ensure we’re aggressively managing cases and contacts,” Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin mentioned Monday because the province reported 97 new COVID-19 circumstances and two extra deaths.
In Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador reported 14 new circumstances of COVID-19 on Monday, together with one within the Labrador-Grenfell Health Region. As of Monday, the province had 407 lively circumstances and 5 COVID-19 sufferers in hospital.
“I am cautiously optimistic that we are making progress but we are by no means out of the woods,” mentioned Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald.
In Quebec, well being officers reported 805 new circumstances of COVID-19 on Monday and 11 extra deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus. Hospitalizations rose by three, to 689, and 117 folks have been in intensive care, a drop of two.
Ontario, in the meantime, reported 1,058 new circumstances of COVID-19 on Monday and 11 extra deaths. Hospitalizations stood at 646, with 280 COVID-19 sufferers within the province’s intensive care models.
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In the Prairie provinces, Saskatchewan reported 177 new circumstances of COVID-19 on Monday. In Alberta, well being officers reported 273 new circumstances of COVID-19 and 16 extra deaths.
In British Columbia, well being officers reported 1,428 new COVID-19 circumstances over the previous three days, for a complete of 77,263 because the pandemic started. There have additionally been eight extra deaths, bringing the variety of fatalities linked to the novel coronavirus to 1,335 in B.C.
Across the North, there have been 12 new circumstances of COVID-19 reported within the Nunavut group of Arviat on Monday. There have been no new circumstances reported within the Northwest Territories or Yukon.
Here’s a take a look at what else is occurring throughout Canada:
-From The Canadian Press and CBC News, final up to date at 7:15
What’s taking place world wide
As of early Tuesday morning, greater than 111.7 million circumstances of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, with greater than 63 million of these circumstances listed as resolved on a monitoring website maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The international demise toll stood at greater than 2.four million — with greater than 500,000 of these deaths within the U.S. alone.
In Europe, new COVID-19 laws took impact Tuesday in Poland that elevate quarantine necessities for folks getting into the nation who’ve certificates of getting been inoculated towards the virus with a European Union-approved vaccine.
Also, kindergarten youngsters, elementary pupils and individuals taking good care of them, in addition to researchers finding out in Poland or in a neighbouring nation, are exempt from the 10-day quarantine. The authorities laws revealed Monday night time additionally enable folks to go to well being spas in the event that they take a look at unfavorable not more than six days earlier than arrival.
The U.Ok. unemployment price rose for a sixth straight month in December as renewed coronavirus restrictions shut down most companies throughout the nation. The Office for National Statistics mentioned Tuesday that unemployment rose to five.1 per cent in December, up 0.1 per cent from the earlier month and 1.three per cent from a yr earlier. The variety of folks on firm payrolls has dropped by 726,000 because the pandemic started final February, with 58.5 per cent of the decline coming amongst folks underneath 25.
The figures do not present the complete impression of COVID-19 restrictions on employment as a result of some 1.9 million employees stay on furlough. A authorities program covers 80 per cent of their wages.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday introduced plans to slowly finish a nationwide lockdown in England in hopes of safely reopening the financial system and social life as an infection charges drop and widespread vaccinations cut back the risk from COVID-19.
In the Asia-Pacific area, the Philippine president will reject suggestions to additional ease coronavirus quarantine restrictions till a delayed vaccination marketing campaign kicks off, his spokesperson mentioned.
President Rodrigo Duterte additionally rejected a plan to renew face-to-face college courses in some pilot areas till vaccinations, which have been set again by delays within the arrival of preliminary batches of COVID-19 vaccine, have been launched, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque mentioned.
The scheduled supply on Tuesday of 600,000 doses from Sinovac Biotech Ltd. was postponed anew after the China-based firm failed to right away safe an emergency-use allow from Manila’s Food and Drug Administration. Sinovac received the authorization Monday.
Top financial officers have requested Duterte to think about additional easing quarantine restrictions beginning in March to bolster the financial system, which has suffered one of many worst recessions within the area, and stave off starvation. But Duterte rejected the suggestions.
“The chief executive recognizes the importance of re-opening the economy and its impact on people’s livelihoods,” Roque mentioned, however famous that the president “gives higher premium to public health and safety.”
The Philippines has reported greater than 563,000 confirmed circumstances and greater than 12,000 deaths, the second-highest in Southeast Asia.
In the Americas, Mexico has acquired its first cargo of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.
Some 200,000 doses arrived to Mexico City’s worldwide airport late Monday night time aboard a British Airways flight from Moscow. Officials plan to make use of the doses to start vaccinating seniors within the capital’s most marginalized boroughs on Wednesday.
Mexico acquired its first cargo of vaccines from Pfizer in mid-December, however turned to Sputnik V in January when different anticipated vaccine shipments have been delayed. Sputnik too arrives later than initially anticipated. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin in late January.
In early February, Mexican regulators gave Sputnik V emergency approval and the federal government signed a contract to carry 400,000 doses to Mexico.
In the Middle East, Oman won’t enable folks from 10 international locations to enter the nation for 15 days to curb the unfold of the coronavirus, specifically sure mutated strains.
In Africa, two of South Africa’s prime business property homeowners mentioned this week they’ll prolong rental reduction to struggling tenants this yr. South Africa is the hardest-hit nation on the continent, with greater than 1.5 million reported circumstances of COVID-19 and greater than 49,000 deaths.