No New Cases Locally as Vaccine Deals are Procured

BRANTFORD – No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Brantford and Brant County Wednesday. To date, the Brant County Health Unit has administered 17,922 tests with 148 positive results. 

In Brantford and Brant, 133 people have recovered, four people have died, and eleven are recovering at home.

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit also reported no new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, leaving the total number of positive cases unchanged at 463.  To date there have been 401 recoveries and 32 deaths in the region. 

Ontario Health Officials reported 86 new COVID-19 cases and no further deaths on Wednesday.  It is the longest stretch the province’s new cases have stayed below one hundred per day since late March. Health Minister Christine Elliot says 29 of Ontario’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 22 of them reporting none.

Federally, the government has entered into two agreements to secure millions of doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines. Public Services and Procurement Minister, Anita Anand, announced the Government of Canada has agreements with Pfizer and Moderna for their vaccine candidates.

The deal will see Canada get access to the vaccines if they prove to be both safe and effective.  All potential vaccines will require Health Canada regulatory approval before being used to vaccinate Canadians. Both companies began Phase 3 clinical trials of their vaccine candidates in the last week. Large scale tests have started to test the efficacy of the vaccine. Last week, large-scale testing began to determine how well the vaccines work. Earlier in July, both Pfizer and Moderna reported positive results from smaller trials. The Phase 3 trials will both test the vaccines on 30,000 people.  The results are expected in the fall.