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Ottawa signs deal for supply of vaccine

The government of Canada has signed a deal to buy a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Canada and BioNTech SE.

The deal, announced by the companies ahead of a federal government press conference, involves the companies’ BNT162 mRNA-based vaccine candidate

“Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed, but the terms were based on the timing of delivery and the volume of doses,” the companies said. “As requested by the government of Canada, deliveries of the vaccine candidate are planned for over the course of 2021.”

“We are ensuring that Canada will be ready to protect our citizens when a vaccine is developed,” Anita Anand, federal minister of public services and procurement, said at a press conference.

She said the federal government is also procuring supplies such as syringes, needles and alcohol swabs to prepare for mass vaccinations.

Quebec’s cases three times higher than reported, study says

A study published this morning by Héma-Québec has found that 2.23 per cent of blood donors in the province were infected with the COVID-19 virus, suggesting that 124,880 people contracted the virus since the start of the pandemic, more than three times the number of cases officially detected.

The highest rates were observed in the Montreal and Laval regions, at 3.05 per cent.

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Last month, a study in the rest of Canada found that fewer than one per cent had been infected.

How are Montreal food courts and music venues faring?

Food courts in downtown Montreal are struggling but betting on a come back, Frédéric Tomesco reports.

Music venues, for their part, aren’t sure what to do because it doesn’t make economic sense to book shows, given social distancing rules that greatly reduce their capacity, Brendan Kelly writes.

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14 screening clinics are open across Montreal today

Montrealers can be tested at 14 test centres across the island.

The situation across Canada

This was the situation across Canada as of last night, according to theCanada COVID-19 Situational Awareness Dashboard.

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