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Quebec reports 588 new COVID-19 cases, sets record for vaccine doses administered
With 588 new cases on Tuesday, Quebec reported the fews infections since September.
A total of 288,941 infections have now been confirmed in the province since the first one was reported in February of 2020.
Quebec also announced that eight more fatalities had been attributed to the virus, bringing the province’s death toll to 10,407.
The number of hospitalizations due to the virus now stands at 628 patients, an increase of 16. Of those patients, 121 are in intensive care — a decrease of one.
On Monday, the first day of the province’s mass-vaccination campaign, Quebec administered a record 16,458 vaccine doses.
Since the start of its vaccination campaign, the province has received 537,825 doses of which it has administered 455,328.
Of the new cases reported in Quebec on Tuesday, 256 were in Montreal.
A total of 106,748 infections have now been confirmed in the Montreal region.
Majority of Canadians believe they’ll be vaccinated by the fall: poll
Canadians are generally confident Ottawa will be able to vaccinate everyone who wants a shot by the fall, according to a new poll.
An online survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian studies showed that provinces on both coasts and Quebec are optimistic about provincial and federal vaccine rollout plans.
Read the full story here.
France changes course, approves AstraZeneca shots for under-75s
France has reversed course and decided to allow people under 75 with existing health problems to get the AstraZeneca vaccine, the French health minister said.
The country initially decided not to administer the vaccine to anyone older than 65, a decision Canada also made on Monday.
The vaccine was approved on Friday for all adults, but there are concerns about its efficacy in older populations due to a lack of data, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization says.
Read the full stories here and here.
Parti Québécois raises pressure on Legault to help women affected by pandemic
The Parti Québécois is joining the Liberal Party in putting pressure on the CAQ government to address how the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women in Quebec.
Two days after Liberal leader Dominique Anglade listed a series of actions for the government to take, PQ MNA and critic for the status of women Méganne Perry Mélançon ratcheted up the pressure, telling the premier that “not to act is not an option.”
Read the full story here.
Quebec updating vaccine priority list for younger people with health conditions
Quebec’s immunization committee is considering a recommendation to update its 10-category vaccine priority list to address younger, vulnerable people.
On Monday, Nicholas Brousseau, a public health physician with the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, said the recommendations his committee put out in November were preliminary and could be adapted “with the evolution of knowledge.”
Read our full story, by Linda Gyulai.
Quebec updating vaccine priority list to address younger, vulnerable people
Long lineups at some vaccination centres as Montreal's mass campaign begins
Here’s where Montrealers can get tested today
Montrealers can be screened at test centres across the island.
You can check screening clinic wait times here.
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