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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that the federal government has made deals with American companies Novavax and Johnson & Johnson to provide doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines. That could mean up to 114 million doses for Canadians as early as spring 2021. Trudeau’s announcement followed news that a Canadian-Chinese partnership on a potential vaccine candidate was unable to proceed to clinical trials, because the vaccine couldn’t be shipped.
Ontario reported 114 new coronavirus cases on Monday, making it the fifth straight day in which more than 100 new cases have been reported. Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted yesterday that “locally, 30 of Ontario’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 18 reporting no new cases.”
Ontario’s four largest teachers’ unions issued a joint statement on Monday indicating that they intend to file a complaint to the labour board over the province’s back-to-school plan, the Canadian Press reports. The unions allege that the plan violates Ontario’s workplace-safety laws; they are calling for reduced class sizes and more stringent physical-distancing measures. Premier Doug Ford has said that the plan has the backing of health experts across the province.
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