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China, Russia using their COVID-19 vaccines to gain political influence

China, Russia using their COVID-19 vaccines to gain political influence

OTTAWA — China and Russia have been using their locally produced COVID-19 vaccines to grow their international soft power by giving doses to desperate countries in order to have more political influence over them, experts say.
Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

RIO DE JANEIRO — The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, Apr. 17, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 17, 2021. There are 1,106,062 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,106,062 confirmed cases (85,319 active, 997,202 resolved, 23,541 deaths).

Ontario's new restrictions on outdoor gatherings raise eyebrows

Public health experts are raising their eyebrows at Ontario's decision to restrict outdoor gatherings, saying the latest evidence suggests the measures won't do much to cut down on COVID-19 transmission.

Ontarians waking up to tough new pandemic restrictions

TORONTO — The surging COVID-19 caseload has Ontario "on its heels," prompting the urgent need for tougher measures to regain control of the deteriorating situation.

A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Apr. 17, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 17, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 320,425 new vaccinations administered for a total of 9,525,732 doses given. Nationwide, 892,838 people or 2.

Who have provinces pegged to receive COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks?

As COVID-19 vaccine supplies ramp up across the country, most provinces and territories have released details of who can expect to receive a shot in the coming weeks.

Mexico says 14 townships refuse coronavirus vaccines

MEXICO CITY — Mexican health authorities said Friday that 14 of the country’s roughly 2,600 townships have refused to allow vaccination teams to administer anti-coronavirus doses there, and a convoy transporting vaccines came under an armed attack in
Veteran AP producer, cameraman in Iraq dies of COVID-19

Veteran AP producer, cameraman in Iraq dies of COVID-19

BEIRUT — Khodeir Majid, who covered Iraq’s numerous conflicts as a video producer and cameraman for The Associated Press for over 17 years, has died, relatives said Friday. He was 64. The cause of death was complications due to the coronavirus.

Alaska to offer tourists COVID-19 vaccines starting June 1

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said Friday that COVID-19 vaccines would be made available at key airports in the state starting June 1, in unveiling plans aimed at bolstering the state's pandemic-battered tourist industry.