COVID-19 Update: Alberta reports 750 new cases, 19 additional deaths | Pfizer vaccine delivery back on track for Europe only

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Varcoe: Did Kenney government cave in to Alberta’s COVID rebellion?

A worker enters a shop in northeast Calgary on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Photo by Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Columnist Chris Varcoe writes:

As a parent — or a government — you never want to reward bad behaviour.

However, you also need to acknowledge when you’re wrong and must change course, or risk being tuned out.

It was curious to see the Kenney government’s announcement Thursday that personal service providers such as nail salons, tattoo shops, hair salons, barbershops and reflexology businesses can open to serve customers by appointment, starting next week.

It comes after concerted pressure on the government by a handful of business owners who were prepared to ignore provincial health orders and open their doors.

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Pfizer-BioNTech delay a ‘blow’ to Alberta’s vaccine rollout, health minister says

A pharmacist holds a vial of frozen Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in a hospital in Le Mans, France, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images

A production delay from a leading vaccine manufacturer will hamper Alberta’s immunization efforts, Health Minister Tyler Shandro said Friday.

The hit comes after federal officials announced only half of Canada’s promised vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech will arrive in the next month, the result of production issues in the company’s European facilities that will impact vaccine supply for countries across the world.

The delay means it will take longer to complete the current phase of immunizations in Alberta, focusing on priority health-care workers, Shandro said. It will also push back the start for the following group, which will include immunizations for those over the age of 75, and Indigenous people over 65.

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