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But 98,531 deaths later, the United Kingdom has the world’s fifth worst official death toll – more than its civilian toll in World War Two and twice the number killed in the 1940-41 Blitz bombing campaign, although the total population was lower then.

Behind the numbers there is grief and anger.

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MondayProvinces push back vaccination plans as Pfizer deliveries grind to a haltA pharmacist holds vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by Yuki Iwamura/Reuters

Some provinces were forced to push back vaccination for health-care workers and vulnerable seniors on Monday as deliveries from a major manufacturer ground to a temporary halt.

Canada is not due to receive any Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines this week as the company revamps its operations, and deliveries are expected to be slow for the next few weeks.

Ontario announced Monday that it was pausing COVID-19 vaccinations of long-term care staff and essential caregivers so that it can focus on giving the shots to all nursing home residents.

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MondayIn a year of the plague, a crisis of trust just when Canada needs it mostHundreds of protesters gather at an anti-mask rally in Toronto on Saturday October 31, 2020. Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn, AltoClassic/Getty Images/iStockphoto, NP Photo Illustration

It is hard to trust politicians at the best of times, and these are not those.

The pandemic has offered countless reasons to mistrust Canadian leaders. It is not just that cabinet ministers were hiding out on tropical beaches or posting misleading pre-recorded videos of themselves pretending to read in front of a wintry home fire.

Polling bears this out. In responding to the pandemic, nearly a quarter of Canadians trust neither their provincial government, which is directly responsible for health care, nor the federal government, which has mostly run the economic response, according to research in January by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies.

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MondayModerna plans trial of altered COVID-19 vaccine booster to address South Africa variant

Moderna said on Monday it plans to start clinical trials of an altered booster version of its COVID-19 vaccine aimed at the South African variant after tests showed its authorized vaccine may produce a diminished antibody response.

It will also test an additional booster shot of its authorized vaccine in trials to see if it boosts antibody reaction against the South Africa variant. The current regimen is for two shots four weeks apart.

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