Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World Monday

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US President Joe Biden received his COVID-19 booster on Monday, days after federal regulators recommended a third dose of Pfizer vaccine for Americans aged 65 or older and approved them for others with conditions pre-existing medical and high-risk work environments.

“The most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated,” Biden said before receiving the booster. He said he had no side effects after his first or second injection.

Biden, 78, received his first injection on December 21 and his second dose three weeks later on January 11 with his wife, Jill Biden.

Speaking on Friday after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration cleared the Pfizer recall, Biden told reporters: “I’m going to receive my recall. It’s hard to recognize that I am. I’m over 65, but I’ll ‘I’ll get my booster.’

Biden became a booster dose champion this summer, as the United States saw a sharp increase in cases of the more transmissible delta variant coronavirus. While the vast majority of cases continue to occur among unvaccinated people, regulators pointed to evidence from Israel and early studies in the United States showing that protection against so-called revolutionary cases was significantly improved by a third dose of Pfizer.

WHO refusal of boosters

But the aggressive U.S. push for boosters – before many of the poorest countries were able to provide even minimal protection to their most vulnerable populations – angered the World Health Organization and some aid groups, who called on the United States to take a break. third moves to free up supply for the global immunization effort.

Biden said last week that the United States was purchasing an additional 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine – for a total of $ 1 billion over the coming year – to donate to less well-off countries.

Vice President Kamala Harris, 56, has received the Moderna vaccine, for which federal regulators have not yet authorized booster shots – but they are expected to do so in the coming weeks. Regulators are also awaiting data on the safety and effectiveness of a booster for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine soon.

At least 2.66 million Americans have received booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine since mid-August, according to the CDC. About 100 million Americans have been fully immunized against COVID-19 thanks to the Pfizer vaccine. US regulators recommend getting boosters at least six months after the second shot in the initial two-dose series.

– From The Associated Press, last updated 1:45 p.m. ET

What’s happening across Canada

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Two infectious disease physicians discuss with Ian Hanomansing the situation in hospitals in Alberta and Saskatchewan and what provinces need to do to bring their COVID-19 outbreaks under control. 5:35

What is happening in the world

Students arrive at school as in-person classes resume Sunday amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Kuwait. (Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP / Getty Images)

As of Monday afternoon, more than 232 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The death toll worldwide was over 4.7 million.

In the Middle East, Jordan’s Royal Palace said Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II has tested positive for COVID-19 and is showing “mild symptoms.” The palace said in a statement that King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, the parents of the 27-year-old crown prince, have both tested negative but will self-quarantine for five days. All three members of the royal family have been vaccinated.

Kuwait health officials reported one death and 37 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. Some students in Kuwait have returned to class for the first time since 2020, with more students expected to follow in the coming weeks.

In Europe, President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that France would give 120 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to poor countries, doubling an earlier pledge, French news agency AFP reported.

In the Americas, Cuba has started exporting its local COVID-19 vaccines, sending shipments of the three-dose Abdala vaccine to Vietnam and Venezuela. Cuban scientists have said the vaccines are over 90% effective against the disease, although – like all vaccines – less against a simple infection.

Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine will be the only one used in Mexico for at-risk children aged 12 to 17, Mexico’s deputy health minister said.

In the Asia Pacific region, Japan plans to lift its COVID-19 state of emergency, which covers 19 prefectures, in all regions by the end of September, NHK television reported on Monday. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he discussed the easing measures with relevant ministers on Monday and would seek the advice of a group of government advisers on Tuesday.

A mother comforts her child who receives the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a Bangkok hospital last week. (Sakchai Lalit / The Associated Press)

Thailand’s COVID-19 task force has approved a plan to purchase 3.35 million combined doses of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, a spokesperson said. The country will also waive its mandatory quarantine requirement in Bangkok and nine regions from November 1 for vaccinated arrivals, according to authorities.

In Africa, Tunisia will fully lift its nighttime curfew against COVID-19 from Saturday, the presidency said, after about a year in effect.

– From The Associated Press, Reuters and CBC News, latest update 3:15 p.m. ET

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