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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received the vaccine and ordered tens of millions of doses for the year 2022-2024.

New daily COVID-19 cases in Canada could almost double to more than 15,000 from 8,600 by the end of April unless stricter measures are taken as new coronavirus variants spread, officials Medical warning on Friday.

Officials said in a brief meeting that if people cut the number of personal contacts by 20-30 percent, the number of cases could drop to around 4,500.

Director of Public Health Theresa Tam said: “The rising number of cases and the trend of serious illness reminds us that we are still in the right race between vaccines and variants.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeated his call for reduced personal exposure, saying that “the COVID-19 situation is very critical”.

A respiratory therapist and six nurses move a COVID-19 patient into the intensive care unit of Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. [File: Carlos Osorio/Reuters]

Big provinces like Ontario is struggling with the third wave of COVID-19 getting worse and worse and accusing Ottawa of not doing enough to inhibit the spread of new virus variants, which are more contagious and also disrupting vaccine procurement. . Ontario reported more than 4,500 new cases on Friday.

Vaccine shortages have caused Canada to delay the second dose of the vaccine for up to four months.

Trudeau and his wife Sophie received the first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday.

The Prime Minister said his country had signed an agreement with vaccine maker COVID Pfizer for 35 million booster doses by 2022 and 30 million doses by 2023, with options to add 30 million more years 2022 and 2023 and 60 million doses by 2024.

He said the government is also in discussion with other vaccine manufacturers about their repeat vaccination plans.

These vaccines are so new that experts still do not have firm data on how long their protection will last, or whether they will be affected by emerging variants of the virus. are not.

“Canadians expect us to be ready for whatever happens. There is certainly hope that the booster shot might not be necessary, but we’d better make sure we are prepared in the event that happens, ”Trudeau said at a news conference in Ottawa. .

The prime minister said 30 percent of eligible adults in Canada had received at least one vaccine. All eligible Canadians are expected to be able to get at least one shot by the end of June.

The Pacific Coast province of British Columbia has restricted unnecessary travel between the three medical zones in the region to try to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Attorney General Mike Farnworth, who is also the Secretary of Public Safety, said a ban on recreational travel between counties, but allows trips for essential reasons such as school, work, and health care. healthy or commercial transportation.

Canada has so far recorded a total of 23,835 deaths and 1,167,684 COVID-19 infections, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.



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