It comes as vaccine rollout has faltered badly in the world's hardest-hit country, where some 375,000 people have died from the coronavirus and about 3,000 more are dying every day. Meanwhile, the x said it is aware of the death, and "will evaluate the situation as more information becomes available", according to spokesman Tom Skinner. More than 1,700 people are being treated in Ontario hospitals for COVID-19, including 385 in intensive care and 262 on ventilators.
In Quebec, where officials have implemented a curfew in an effort to reduce the strain on health care, 2,071 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded today. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 39,116 new vaccinations administered for a total of 359,054 doses given.
Pfizer cited its clinical trials and data gathered since the vaccine was authorized in the U.S. in reporting its initial conclusion that the evidence doesn't suggest a causal association to the shot it developed with Germany's BioNTech SE. But there is no change to the six million doses scheduled to arrive this winter.
It also said that so far it has procured more than 15 million vaccine doses from three manufacturers.
The data projects that under the current COVID-19 restrictions, daily deaths from the disease will double from 50 to 100 by the end of February.
The speed of vaccinations is set to rise in coming weeks, with yesterday seeing the first batch of the Moderna vaccine - the second vaccine passed for use in Ireland, along with the Pfizer vaccine - arriving in Ireland. Switzerland, a country of 8.5 million people, has already pre-ordered 7.5 million doses of the vaccine.
Trudeau also said Canada was extending an existing ban on non-essential travel with the United States until Feb 21.
Canada's 10 provinces, which have responsibility for administering the vaccines, say supplies are being delivered far too slowly.