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Johnson & Johnson seeks COVID-19 vaccine approval in Japan

British Columbia, which is poised to unveil its restart plan Tuesday, logged 974 new cases and 12 more deaths over the long weekend. This included 356 cases between Friday and Saturday, 325 between Saturday and Sunday, and 293 cases in the last 24 hours.

Days after Manitoba requested additional federal help, Ottawa announced it would send health workers and other supports to the Prairie province, which is now grappling with high positivity rates and overburdened intensive care units.

There are 3,953 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Within those active cases, 292 individuals are in the hospital, 96 of whom are in the Intensive Care Unit.

The last time B.C. announced fewer than 300 cases in a single day was on February 1.

Broken down by health region, this equates to 157 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 630 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 25 in the Island Health region, 117 in the Interior Health region, 44 in the Northern Health region, and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

"As we look to tomorrow and the announcement of the restart plan, we encourage everyone to stay the course today".

US health care conglomerate Johnson & Johnson said Monday one of its units had filed for regulatory approval of its one-shot COVID-19 vaccine in Japan, and that it could begin supplying doses to the country in early 2022, once approval is given.

On the vaccine side of things the province says 2,738,344 people have received one dose and an additional 147,144 have received two doses meaning around 56 per cent of the province has been at least partially vaccinated.

The federal government said it would also provide medical staff through the Canadian Red Cross as well as military help, adding it was also prepared to deploy epidemiologists, lab technicians and other supports to respond to the province's needs. "Until tomorrow's announcement, there are no changes for individuals or businesses", says Henry and Dix in the statement.

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