Ontario reported 1,873 new cases on Saturday , 1,848 on Friday and a record 1,983 on Thursday. The lockdowns will also limit non-essential retailers to curbside pickup, ban indoor dining at restaurants and bars, close personal care services, and shutter indoor sports facilities.
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement on Saturday that pilots and air traffic controllers may receive the Pfizer vaccine. Although the federal government is coordinating distribution efforts, states have the final say over who gets the first shots.
UPS said that the company expects to start transporting the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as Sunday morning when employees stationed at Pfizer's facility in MI will affix special Bluetooth- and radio-enabled tracking tags to each shipment, reported The New York Times.
The FDA, which hosted the briefing, balked at questions regarding whether someone who is pregnant should receive the vaccine. Concerns that a shot was rushed out could undermine vaccination efforts in a country with deeply ingrained scepticism about vaccines.
Federal officials haven't released a breakdown, but some states have shared their initial allocations. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had earlier issued the emergency use authorisation (EUA) to the vaccine developed by American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech to combat the disease that has killed over 2,94,000 people in the country.
Pharmacy chains CVS Health Corp and Walgreens Boot Alliance have also signed agreements with the USA government to administer COVID-19 vaccines to residents of long-term care facilities. Last month, it had eventually approved the vaccine for use by frontline workers like doctors and nurses. After this, the vaccination will be given to 1 crore people below 50 years of age who are suffering from some serious chronic illness.