A nheath-care worker waits for patients at a COVID-19 test clinic in Montreal, on Friday, December 11, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Federal officials to deliver briefing on COVID-19 as case counts increase

OTTAWA — Health Canada says it needs more information before it can make a decision on a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca.

The agency says in a statement this morning it is working with international counterparts like those in the U.K. to share information on vaccines under review.

Earlier today, the U.K. became the first country to authorize use of the vaccine created by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

Despite that, Health Canada says it cannot provide a definite timeline for completion of its review of the vaccine.

Ontario set a new daily record for cases today with 2,923, with just over one-third of them in the country’s largest city of Toronto.

Neighbouring Quebec is reporting 2,511 new cases of COVID-19 and 41 more deaths.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 30, 2020.

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