Justin Trudeau COVID-19
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a closing press conference on the third and final day of the Liberal cabinet retreat in Ottawa on Sept. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

CANADA IS ALREADY IN THE SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19

After the Thursday’s Throne Speech, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau addressed the Canadian people, saying that the country is already in the second wave of COVID-19.

Trudeau outlined the Government of Canada‘s plan to guide the country through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Trudeau delivered the address from his office on Parliament Hill.

“In our four biggest provinces, the second wave isn’t just starting, it’s already underway,” Trudeau said. “We’re on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring.”

Trudeau implored Canadians to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves, saying that now is not the time to join parties and other social gatherings. He added that noone is invincible from COVID-19.

Trudeau reiterated points made by his government during the Throne speech, including:

  • help provinces ramp up testing
  • extend the wage subsidy for businesses
  • create a national child care system
  • national standard for long term care
  • a green recovery plan for the economy

Watch Trudeau’s address here:

Dr. Teresa Tam - COVID-19
Dr. Teresa Tam provides a COVID-19 update during a press conference. Via @TheGlobeandMail

CANADA AT A COVID-19 CROSSROADS, ACCORDING TO TOP DOCTOR

2020-09-22 – Canada’s chief public health officer has issued a dire warning, telling Canadians that there will be a dramatic resurgence of COVID-19 cases unless immediate action is taken.

“We don’t want it to go up a giant ski hill,” Dr. Teresa Tam said during a press conference held by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

According to Dr. Tam, the latest modelling is predicting up to 155,795 confirmed cases of COVID-19 by October, and up to 9,300 deaths, if the current trajectory of the pandemic continues.

Tam reiterated the need for all Canadians to act immediately to limit their contacts before the situation worsens.

“Canada is at a crossroads and individual action to reduce contact rates will decide our path,” Dr. Tam said.

The Government of Canada‘s Minister of Health Patty Hajdu agreed with Dr. Tam, strongly advising people to think twice before accepting invitations to join social gatherings.

“All of us have the future in our hands,” Minister Hajdu said.

Minister Hajdu said that the spread of COVID-19 is not the same across Canada, nor is it spreading at the same rate across provinces and territories.

A more “surgical approach” is necessary, according to Minister Hajdu.

CANADA WILL SPEND CAD$1 BILLION TO BUY COVID-19 VACCINES

2020-09-22 The Government of Canada’s Minister for Procurement Anita Anand said that Canada has entered a deal with more manufacturers to purchases COVID-19 vaccines.

New deals have been reached with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, which will see a total of 72 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccines be made available to Canadians, which have recently entered the second phase of trials.

The Government of Canada has now committed to spending CAD$1 billion to buy a minimum of 154 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from five different manufacturers, including Moderna, Pfizer, Novavax and Johnson & Johnson.

None of the vaccines currently being developed have completed the necessary clinical trials, nor have any of them been approved for use by Health Canada.

Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline had indicated that their vaccine candidates will receive approval for use in Canada by 2021.

“We need to make a substantial investment in order to ensure that Canada is well positioned to secure access to the successful vaccine or vaccines,” Minister Anand said. “The way in which we are doing that is to bet on multiple horses at the same time in order to ensure that as one or more of those horses crosses the finish line, we have access to those vaccines.”

Minister Anand also announced that an agreement has been made with Gilead Sciences and McKesson Canada for 150,000 vials of Remdesivir.

Remdesivir is already approved for use with COVID-19 patients in Canada.

Canada is part of the COVAX Facility, an international vaccine cooperative that is composed of wealthy countries that will invest in doses of vaccines to share with middle to low-income countries.

Countries that are part of the COVAX Facility, like Canada, will get access to COVID-19 vaccines and be required to provide funding for doses to be made available to middle to low-income countries.

ENOUGH PEOPLE HAVE TO TAKE VACCINE TO BE EFFECTIVE

2020-09-17 Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease official in the United States Government said that if too few people get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, it is unlikely to stop the spread of the deadly disease.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Fauci said that vaccinating 1/3 of the US population will not be enough.

“It’s a combination of how effective a vaccine is and how many people use it. If you have a vaccine that is highly effective and not enough people get vaccinated, you’re not going to realize the full, important effect of having a vaccine,” Fauci told the WSJ.

According to Fauci, the goal of any vaccine strategy is to lower the rates of infection to make outbreaks easier to control.

CNN reports that a recent poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that more than half of Americans would decline to get the vaccine if it was available before the US election.

Fauci thinks that a safe and effective vaccine will be available by the end of 2020.

RICHEST NATIONS HAVE ALREADY SECURED HALF OF THE WORLD’S EXPECTED COVID-19 VACCINE SUPPLY

2020-09-17 According to Oxfam, countries like the United States, Great Britain and Japan have already secured more than half of the world’s expected COVID-19 vaccine supply.

The population of these countries make up only 13% of the world’s total, leaving the rest to scramble for the remaining supplies.

Oxfam used data from Airfinity, an analytics firm that collected data that analyzed publicly available information.

Airfinity found that drug manufacturers, including AstraZeneca, Gamaleya, Moderna, Pfizer and Sinovac, will have a combined capacity to produce 5.4 billion doses of the vaccine, enough to vaccinate 2.97 billion people, which is enough for less than half the world’s total population.

In a statement Oxfam said that “supply deals have already been agreed for 5.303 billion doses, of which 2.728 billion (51%) have been bought by developed countries including the UK, US, Australia, Hong Kong & Macau, Japan, Switzerland and Israel, as well as the European Union.”

POPE FRANCIS UNDER OBSERVATION AFTER MEETING WITH FILIPINO CARDINAL WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

2020-09-16 The Vatican is keeping Pope Francis under close observation, after meeting with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who later tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement to ANSA, Vatican representatives said they were keeping an eye on Pope’s health.

While there was no immediate concern for the Pope’s health, he remains under constant monitoring, Vatican representatives said.

Pope Francis continues to meet with visitors at the Apostolic Palace, without wearing a non-medical face mask or covering.

He was seen wearing one in public last week for the first time since the start of the pandemic, but removed it to speak with the faithful.

Pope Francis’ last COVID-19 test was in March 2020, after a prelate living in the same residence had tested positive.

2020-09-17 UPDATE: Pope Francis tests negative for COVID-19.

PHILIPPINES RELAXES SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES

2020-09-14 – Medical experts called the Philippine Government’s decision to relax social distancing rules to 12 inches between Filipinos using public transportation “dangerous and premature”.

The new social distancing rules went into effect on Monday, September 14, 2020.

The Philippines continues to see a steady number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19, with the country now having the highest number of cases in Southeast Asia.

Speaking to ANC, Anthony Leachon, an advisor to the Philippine Government’s COVID-19 task force, said that the new social distancing rules will be “risky, reckless and counter-intuitive and will delay the flattening of the curve.”

Medical experts expect an increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases as a result of the new social distancing rules.

Different Philippine Government agencies share the responsibility in establishing COVID-19 policies, resulting in a great deal of overlap and confusion.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a statement, saying that the minimum distance will be reduced from 1 meter to 75cm on Monday, September 14, 2020 to 50cm on Monday, September 28, 2020. It will be further reduced to 30cm on Monday, October 12, 2020.

The DOT has also forbidden conversation and the use of cellphones on public transportation.

The Department of Health (DOH) is strongly encouraging the public to remain vigilant and choose alternate modes of transportation if possible.

Relaxing social distancing is expected to result in massive lines and overcrowding in public transportation in the coming days.

The Philippines now has 265,888 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

PHILIPPINES CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 NOW MORE THAN 250,000

2020-09-11 – The Philippine Government‘s Department of Health (DOH) added 4,040 confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 252,964.

The majority of the new cases were from the following areas:

National Capital Region: 1,813
Cavite: 435
Rizal: 218
Bulacan: 195
Laguna: 171

All countries
33,607,908
TOTAL CONFIRMED
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Philippines
309,303
TOTAL CONFIRMED
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Philippines
5,448
TOTAL DEATHS
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Canada
155,301
TOTAL CONFIRMED
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Canada
9,278
TOTAL DEATHS
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ALL COUNTRIES

33,607,908
TOTAL CONFIRMED
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1,007,516
TOTAL DEATHS
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24,693,890
TOTAL RECOVERED
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COUNTRY
CONFIRMED
DEATHS
RECOVERED
ACTIVE
USA
7,364,646
209,896
4,610,995
2,543,755
India
6,148,640
96,378
5,101,397
950,865
Brazil
4,748,327
142,161
4,084,182
521,984
Russia
1,167,805
20,545
952,399
194,861
Colombia
818,203
25,641
722,536
70,026
Peru
808,714
32,324
670,989
105,401
Spain
748,266
31,411
0
716,855
Mexico
733,717
76,603
527,278
129,836
Argentina
723,132
16,113
576,715
130,304
South Africa
671,669
16,586
604,478
50,605
France
542,639
31,808
95,426
415,405
Chile
459,671
12,698
433,016
13,957
Iran
453,637
25,986
378,727
48,924
UK
439,013
42,001
0
397,012
Bangladesh
362,043
5,219
273,698
83,126
Iraq
358,290
9,122
288,812
60,356
Saudi Arabia
334,187
4,739
318,542
10,906
Turkey
315,845
8,062
277,052
30,731
Pakistan
311,516
6,474
296,340
8,702
Italy
311,364
35,851
225,190
50,323
Philippines
309,303
5,448
252,930
50,925
Germany
289,020
9,545
252,400
27,075
Indonesia
282,724
10,601
210,437
61,686
Israel
234,060
1,516
167,032
65,512
Ukraine
204,932
4,065
88,453
112,414
Canada
155,301
9,278
132,607
13,416
Ecuador
134,965
11,280
112,296
11,389
Bolivia
134,223
7,900
94,324
31,999
Qatar
125,533
214
122,448
2,871
Romania
125,414
4,792
100,636
19,986
Morocco
119,107
2,113
97,468
19,526
Netherlands
117,551
6,393
0
111,158
Belgium
115,353
9,987
19,301
86,065
Dominican Republic
111,666
2,098
86,422
23,146
Panama
111,277
2,348
87,695
21,234
Kazakhstan
107,833
1,699
102,805
3,329
Kuwait
104,568
607
96,049
7,912
Egypt
102,955
5,901
95,586
1,468
Oman
98,585
935
88,528
9,122
UAE
93,090
416
82,538
10,136
Sweden
92,466
5,890
0
86,576
Guatemala
90,263
3,234
79,067
7,962
Poland
89,962
2,483
68,955
18,524
China
85,384
4,634
80,566
184
Japan
82,131
1,548
74,990
5,593
Belarus
78,260
828
74,320
3,112
Nepal
76,258
491
55,371
20,396
Honduras
75,537
2,301
26,957
46,279
Portugal
74,717
1,963
48,193
24,561
Ethiopia
73,944
1,177
30,753
42,014
Costa Rica
73,714
861
29,420
43,433
Venezuela
73,528
614
63,346
9,568
Bahrain
69,848
246
63,549
6,053
Czechia
65,883
618
31,799
33,466
Nigeria
58,460
1,111
49,895
7,454
Singapore
57,742
27
57,393
322
Uzbekistan
56,252
465
52,859
2,928
Switzerland
52,871
2,069
42,700
8,102
Algeria
51,213
1,719
35,962
13,532
Moldova
51,194
1,301
38,217
11,676
Armenia
49,901
958
43,849
5,094
Kyrgyzstan
46,522
1,064
42,761
2,697
Ghana
46,444
299
45,646
499
Austria
44,041
796
34,916
8,329
Azerbaijan
40,119
590
37,827
1,702
Palestine
39,541
306
31,047
8,188
Paraguay
39,432
818
23,063
15,551
Afghanistan
39,254
1,458
32,746
5,050
Kenya
38,378
707
24,740
12,931
Lebanon
37,272
351
16,676
20,245
Ireland
35,377
1,802
23,364
10,211
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
34,014
540
18,902
14,572
Serbia
33,479
749
31,536
1,194
El Salvador
28,981
839
23,685
4,457
Denmark
27,464
650
20,320
6,494
Australia
27,055
882
24,676
1,497
Bosnia
27,001
829
20,005
6,167
Hungary
25,567
757
5,173
19,637
S. Korea
23,699
407
21,470
1,822
Cameroon
20,838
418
19,440
980
Bulgaria
20,271
807
14,339
5,125
Côte d'Ivoire
19,641
120
19,202
319
Macedonia
17,786
737
14,801
2,248
Greece
17,707
383
9,989
7,335
Tunisia
17,405
246
5,032
12,127
Croatia
16,380
275
14,947
1,158
Madagascar
16,377
229
15,139
1,009
Senegal
14,945
310
12,335
2,300
Zambia
14,715
332
13,937
446
Norway
13,788
274
11,190
2,324
Sudan
13,606
836
6,764
6,006
Albania
13,391
380
7,629
5,382
Myanmar
11,631
256
3,073
8,302
Malaysia
11,135
134
9,939
1,062
Namibia
11,121
121
8,787
2,213
DRC
10,631
272
10,129
230
Guinea
10,598
66
9,940
592
Montenegro
10,441
163
6,720
3,558
Maldives
10,157
34
8,950
1,173
French Guiana
9,895
65
9,536
294
Finland
9,892
345
7,850
1,697
Tajikistan
9,726
75
8,531
1,120
Slovakia
9,574
45
4,329
5,200
Jordan
9,226
51
4,359
4,816
Haiti
8,740
227
6,757
1,756
Gabon
8,728
54
7,934
740
Luxembourg
8,376
124
7,128
1,124
Mozambique
8,288
59
4,836
3,393
Zimbabwe
7,816
228
6,112
1,476
Uganda
7,777
75
4,033
3,669
Mauritania
7,474
161
7,091
222
Jamaica
6,170
93
1,741
4,336
Georgia
5,866
34
2,324
3,508
Cabo Verde
5,817
59
5,134
624
Malawi
5,770
179
4,243
1,348
Slovenia
5,487
149
3,682
1,656
Cuba
5,483
122
4,787
574
Swaziland
5,452
108
4,844
500
Djibouti
5,410
61
5,340
9
Hong Kong
5,080
105
4,807
168
Nicaragua
5,073
149
2,913
2,011
Equatorial Guinea
5,028
83
4,740
205
Congo
5,008
89
3,887
1,032
Suriname
4,836
102
4,667
67
Rwanda
4,832
29
3,117
1,686
Central African Republic
4,806
62
1,840
2,904
Angola
4,797
176
1,813
2,808
Lithuania
4,578
92
2,349
2,137
Guadeloupe
4,487
42
2,199
2,246
Trinidad and Tobago
4,386
72
2,275
2,039
Syrian Arab Republic
4,102
194
1,074
2,834
Réunion
3,882
14
2,819
1,049
Aruba
3,872
25
3,037
810
Bahamas
3,838
89
2,005
1,744
Somalia
3,588
99
2,946
543
Gambia
3,569
111
2,161
1,297
Thailand
3,559
59
3,370
130
Mayotte
3,541
40
2,964
537
Sri Lanka
3,365
13
3,230
122
Estonia
3,315
64
2,564
687
Botswana
3,172
16
710
2,446
Mali
3,090
130
2,439
521
Malta
3,035
34
2,484
517
Guyana
2,787
78
1,608
1,101
South Sudan
2,692
49
1,290
1,353
Iceland
2,663
10
2,161
492
Benin
2,340
40
1,960
340
Guinea-Bissau
2,324
39
1,549
736
Sierra Leone
2,215
72
1,681
462
Yemen
2,031
587
1,266
178
Burkina Faso
2,028
57
1,279
692
Uruguay
2,010
47
1,755
208
Andorra
1,966
53
1,265
648
Belize
1,891
24
1,208
659
New Zealand
1,835
25
1,755
55
Togo
1,749
47
1,336
366
Latvia
1,729
37
1,307
385
Cyprus
1,713
22
1,369
322
French Polynesia
1,579
6
1,335
238
Lesotho
1,565
35
822
708
Liberia
1,342
82
1,221
39
Martinique
1,290
20
98
1,172
Niger
1,196
69
1,110
17
Chad
1,185
85
1,006
94
Vietnam
1,094
35
1,007
52
Sao Tome and Principe
911
15
885
11
San Marino
727
42
676
9
Diamond Princess
712
13
651
48
Turks and Caicos Islands
682
5
631
46
Channel Islands
664
48
600
16
Sint Maarten
645
22
549
74
Papua New Guinea
532
7
516
9
Taiwan
513
7
480
26
Tanzania
509
21
183
305
Burundi
502
1
472
29
Comoros
478
7
458
13
Faroe Islands
460
0
423
37
Gibraltar
391
0
342
49
Saint Martin
383
8
273
102
Eritrea
375
0
341
34
Mauritius
367
10
343
14
Curaçao
364
1
148
215
Isle of Man
340
24
315
1
Mongolia
313
0
305
8
Bhutan
280
0
210
70
Cambodia
277
0
275
2
Monaco
212
2
174
36
Cayman Islands
211
1
208
2
Barbados
190
7
178
5
Bermuda
181
9
167
5
Brunei
146
3
142
1
Seychelles
143
0
140
3
Liechtenstein
118
1
113
4
Caribbean Netherlands
106
1
24
81
Antigua and Barbuda
101
3
92
6
British Virgin Islands
71
1
62
8
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
64
0
64
0
St. Barth
48
0
25
23
Macao
46
0
46
0
Fiji
32
2
28
2
Dominica
30
0
24
6
Timor-Leste
28
0
31
-3
New Caledonia
27
0
26
1
Saint Lucia
27
0
27
0
Grenada
24
0
24
0
Lao People's Democratic Republic
23
0
22
1
Saint Kitts and Nevis
19
0
17
2
Saint Pierre Miquelon
16
0
6
10
Greenland
14
0
14
0
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
13
0
13
0
Montserrat
13
1
12
0
Holy See (Vatican City State)
12
0
12
0
Western Sahara
10
1
8
1
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
7
Anguilla
3
0
3
0
Updated on September 29, 2020 9:37 am

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