May 18: The Blackfeet Tribe in Montana, based 150 kilometres south of Lethbridge, Alta.,, decided to share its vaccine surplus with Canada

Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
Top headlines:

  1. Hundreds of Albertans lined up at the U.S. border to take advantage of a vaccine clinic hosted by the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana
  2. Dr. Teresa Tam expects that Canadians who got Oxford-AstraZeneca in the first round will be able to choose which vaccine they get for their second dose
  3. Canadas first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine to be tested in human subjects has shown promising results

In the last 7 days, 38,575 cases were reported, down 22 per cent from the previous 7 days. There were 305 deaths announced, down 6 per cent over the same period. At least 3,490 people are being treated in hospitals and 1,248,374 others are considered recovered.
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Canadas inoculation rate is 13th among 84 countries with a population of one million or more people.
Sources: Canada data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data is from Johns Hopkins University.
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A teenage boy uses a skateboard to move up and down selling popcorn to southern Alberta residents lining up to get shots at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic offered by the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana, near Carway, Alta., on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press
Coronavirus in Canada

  • On Tuesday, hundreds of Alberta residents drove to a vaccine clinic hosted by the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana. They lined up in their cars, drove through a loop that takes them just across the border, received their shots through the window, and were monitored for 15 minutes before returning home. Also, provincial health officials say there are more than 240 patients in intensive care, more than ever before.
  • In Quebec, Premier Francois Legault said that 75 per cent of adults there have received a COVID-19 vaccine or are booked to get one, as the province records its lowest number of daily infections since September. And, the Premier said his government will lift the COVID-19 curfew on May 28.
  • Starting today in Ontario, all adults in the province are eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine, while hot-spot communities such as Peel and Toronto will no longer receive a larger share of shots.
  • New Brunswick opened vaccine appointments to all adults, as the province reports the 42nd death from COVID-19.

In Ottawa, Canadas top doctor says she expects those Canadians who got the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose can choose which vaccine they get for the second shot.

  • It is likely that people in Canada whove received one dose of AstraZeneca will have a choice for their second dose, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said.
  • The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is awaiting more data on mixing and matching vaccines, but Tam said advice on second doses should be ready before most people are due to get their second vaccination.

Also in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested that three in four Canadians would need to be vaccinated before the Canada-U.S. border would reopen.

  • Saying that border discussions are ongoing, Trudeau tamped down on any expectations that the border restrictions could be lifted soon.

COVID-19: Canada today reached the grim milestone of 25,000 total deaths from COVID-19 since the first fatality was reported on March 9, 2020.
Vaccines: Canadas first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine, from Quebec-based biopharmaceutical company Medicago, is showing promise in clinical trials.
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Major-General Dany Fortin: Trudeau said his office was told weeks ago of the allegation involving Major-General Dany Fortin but he didnt receive details.
Quarantine loophole: Instead of paying upwards of $3,000 to quarantine for three days in a hotel, snowbirds have discovered a loophole. More and more Canadians are crossing the border by land, giving American taxi companies a surge in business.
Coronavirus around the world

  • Halting COVID-19 vaccine exports from India, a country that has hit a grim death toll, risks derailing vaccination efforts already underway in Africa, one of the continents top health officials said.

Coronavirus and business
The pandemic-era boom in pet ownership has led to a similar increase in demand for veterinary services.

  • There are so many new pets, it is crazy to keep up, said Cally Merritt, a registered veterinary technician.
  • Its straining an industry already facing challenges retaining enough workers to keep up with demand.

Also today: Builders of Torontos new Eglinton Crosstown light-rapid transit line have said for months that the coronavirus crisis has caused millions of dollars in lost productivity. Now, a court has ruled those companies are not responsible for extra costs or extra time incurred as a result of the pandemic, which could set a precedent.
Globe opinion

  • Gary Mason: Will the U.S.s new mask policy prove to be a matter of foresight or folly?
  • The Editorial Board: Thanks to the good sense of Canadians, were about to out-vaccinate the Americans
  • André Picard: In a pandemic world, Japans Olympic Games must not go on

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  • The Decibel:Do we want to work from home forever?

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Sources: Canada data are compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins University and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data are from Johns Hopkins.
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