In our top story: The good news about a COVID-19 vaccine is being tempered by the reality of what’s happening in many parts of Canada. Ontario, Canada’s biggest province, set another record for the largest single-day increase of cases with 1,983 reported. Quebec reported more than 1,800 and over than 1,500 in Alberta. Going into the holiday season, the picture is nothing to celebrate, with Ontario projections released Thursday present lots of bad news. As Eric Sorensen reports, the province is extending all COVID-19 orders until at least Jan. 20.
The first vaccines for COVID-19 are expected to be given to health-care workers in long-term care homes and other high-risk places next week, so it’s no surprise vaccines and health care dominated discussion between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and premiers on Thursday. Much of it comes down to money and there’s never enough. David Akin explains more on what was discussed and what you should know about Canada’s vaccine rollout plan.
The U.S. is poised to be the next country to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. An independent advisory panel of experts spent the day reviewing data and late Thursday it recommended to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it is safe and effective. That means vaccinations in the U.S. could begin almost immediately at a time when the country is in crisis, with more than 3,000 people having died in the past 24 hours. Jennifer Johnson reports on the path to a vaccine.
Two Canadians have endured the entire COVID-19 pandemic imprisoned in China, accused without any evidence of espionage, and today marks a grim anniversary for them. There was some confusion today when a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said they’d been indicted and tried, the Canadian government said that official misspoke and there has been no trial, nor progress in efforts to bring him home. Mike Le Couteur reports.
A relatively new Canadian company is preparing for its biggest and likely its most important contract ever. It’s been hired by the Canadian government to transport dry ice for the COVID-19 vaccine. As Paul Johnson explains, dry ice is now a hot commodity.
More than 13,000 Canadians have died of COVID-19 and beneath that big number are stories of lives lived and families left to grieve. Tonight, we have the story of a husband and wife in B.C. who spent their lives together and died within hours of each other. Sarah MacDonald reports.
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