The country, which made the controversial decision to postpone the second dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 by 12 weeks to prioritize partial immunization of the maximum population, has so far vaccinated 65.4% of Canadians with a single dose. .
But at the same time, Canada is only the 81st country in the world by percentage of the fully immunized population with 13.87%.
As of March this year, Canada had vaccinated only less than 4% of its population with a single dose of the vaccine and was at the bottom of industrialized countries.
Currently, the country’s vaccination rate is only 400,000 doses per day, the highest among G7 countries.
Immunization efforts, and to some extent restrictions, resulted in a 90% reduction in the number of daily COVID-19 infections. Yesterday, the country recorded less than 1,000 new infections when, just two months ago, in the middle of the third wave of the pandemic, it reached a record number of more than 9,000 daily cases.
The 809 cases reported yesterday put the country below 1,000 new infections for the second day in a row. Canada has not seen such a low number of infections as of September 20, 2020.
This shortage also eased the pressure on hospitals. According to data released yesterday, there are approximately 1,493 Canadians hospitalized in the country due to COVID-19.
Yesterday, 30 new deaths were confirmed in the country, bringing the total number of victims since the start of the pandemic to 25,972.
The rapidly improving situation is allowing Canadian officials to accelerate plans to reopen the economy.
Representatives from Canada and the United States met yesterday to discuss reopening the border, which has been closed to all non-essential travel since the start of the pandemic.
Last month, the Canadian and US governments agreed to extend travel restrictions until June 21, and both countries are expected to extend the measure for at least another month.