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Ford was frustrated with vaccination delays when Ontario recorded 1,913 new COVID-19 cases

Premier Doug Ford expressed frustration at the news that Canada will not receive new doses of the Pfizer vaccine next week, although the general overseeing Ontario’s vaccine rollout plan remains confident the delay in distributing the plans to immunize the population until the beginning of August will not hinder. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Ford called the news that Canada would not receive any new Pfizer vaccines next week “worrying” and “massively worrying”. “Until vaccines become more prevalent please stay home, stay safe and save lives,” he said. The news comes as the province recorded an additional 1,913 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Officials warned Toronto Public Health – which logs the highest number of new infections each day – “probably underreports” its number of cases. A health ministry spokesman said the artificially low total of 550 new cases reported by the city was due to a “technical problem” but did not provide further details. In the preceding three days, Toronto Public Health recorded 815, 1035 and 903 cases, respectively. Other public health units that saw double or triple digit increases were: Peel Region: 346 York Region: 235 Durham Region: 82 Windsor-Essex: 81 Waterloo Region: 79 Middlesex-London: 73 Halton Region: 71 Hamilton: 63 Niagara Region: 52 Simcoe Muskoka: 48 Ottawa: 41 Huron-Perth: 37 Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph: 31 Lambton: 28 Southwestern: 22 Eastern Ontario: 14 Chatham-Kent: 13 (note: all figures used in this story are on The COVID- 19 dashboard of the Department of Health or in its daily epidemiological summary. The number of cases for a region may differ from the information provided by the local health authority as local authorities report numbers at different times.) Over 200,000 Ontarians vaccinated this at a technical briefing for The media on Tuesday morning gave members of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force a rough breakdown of the groups that did had received an initial dose of vaccine: Approximately 83,000 residents, staff and long-term care caregivers. Around 25,000 residents, employees and carers in retirement homes. More than 99,000 healthcare workers in other sectors. With more than 200,000 vaccines administered, Ontario has completed the first round of vaccination in all nursing homes in Toronto, Peel, York and Windsor-Essex – the four regions with the highest rates of transmission of the virus. The first round of vaccination was also carried out in all nursing homes in Ottawa, Durham and Simcoe-Muskoka. Still, Long Term Care Secretary Merrilee Fullerton warned: “The surge in community expansion during the second wave poses a serious threat to our nursing homes.” The province plans to complete vaccination in all remaining nursing homes by February 15. At Tuesday’s technical meeting, members of the COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Task Force also spoke about how the province is responding to Pfizer’s announcement last week that it would slow production of its vaccine, causing delivery delays for Canada. CLOCK | An angry Premier Ford appeals to the new US president for vaccines: The effects in Ontario will vary from week to week, with the number of doses originally expected in the week of January 25 being reduced by 80 percent. 55 percent in the week of February 1; and 45 percent in the week of February 8th. In return, the province will be redistributing its available doses of the Moderna vaccine to more regions and, in some situations, will also extend the interval between doses of the Pfizer vaccine to ensure that anyone who has a first shot has access to the second . Residents and employees of high-risk nursing and retirement homes who received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will receive a second dose within 21 to 27 days, according to the province. Everyone else who gets the Pfizer vaccine will get their second dose between 21 and 42 days after the first. For those receiving the Moderna vaccine, the 28-day schedule will remain in place. Whether the province still expects to immunize the general population of Ontario by late July or early August, General Rick Hillier said it will matter whether there are more issues with vaccine availability, but he remains optimistic. Toronto Shuts Down Mass Vaccination Clinic After announcing the delay, the province called on the city of Toronto late Tuesday to immediately cease operations of a proof-of-concept mass vaccination clinic in the Metro Toronto Convention Center. The clinic, which only started operating on Monday, had set itself the goal of vaccinating 250 people a day. However, the city found that this depends entirely on vaccine supplies. People to be shot dead at the clinic in the next three days have canceled these appointments, Toronto Public Health said in a statement. “The city’s vaccination task force continues to plan to roll out a vaccination clinic across the city and will continue to work with the province to determine next steps once vaccine supplies are restored,” the city said. Slightly More than 34,000 New Tests Processed Meanwhile, Ontario’s laboratory network processed only 34,531 test samples for the novel coronavirus and reported a test positivity rate of 6.8 percent. The test levels often fall on weekends, but the system has a capacity of more than 70,000 tests per day. The 7-day average of new daily cases fell to 2,893, its lowest level since January 4 of this year. For the seventh time in eight days, the number of reported cases exceeded new infections. There are currently approximately 27,615 confirmed, active cases of COVID-19 nationwide. The Ministry of Health said 1,626 patients were in hospitals with COVID-19. Of these, 400 were being treated in intensive care, most at any point during the pandemic, and 292 required a ventilator to breathe. In a daily report prepared by Critical Care Services Ontario and shared with hospitals internally, the current number of ICU patients with COVID-19 is estimated at 418, with 303 still being ventilated. Public health officials also recorded 46 additional deaths in people with the disease, bringing the official figure to 5,479. 29 of the other deaths were residents of long-term care. A total of 254 or just over 40 percent of long-term care facilities in Ontario have been dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19. The province said it administered an additional 14,346 doses of COVID-19 vaccines yesterday, and 224,134 people received an initial dose. A total of 25,609 people in Ontario took both recordings.

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