The latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada on March 16, 2021 (all times eastern):
Ontario says there are 1,074 new cases of COVID-19 in the province today and 11 more deaths linked to the virus.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says that 313 of those new cases are in Toronto, 199 are in Peel Region and 101 are in York Region.
More than 51,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario since Monday’s update.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization says there is now enough “real-world evidence” to show the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is both safe and effective for seniors.
The decision reverses a recommendation made by the body on March 1, when the panel of vaccine experts said AstraZeneca hadn’t included enough people over the age of 65 in its clinical trials.
NACI chair Dr. Caroline Quach said Tuesday that two studies of patients who received the vaccine in the United Kingdom have been released since then and show the AstraZeneca vaccine is both safe and effective for seniors, particularly against severe disease and hospitalization.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 16, 2021.
The Canadian Press