B.C. reports 737 new cases of COVID-19 as officials tout Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

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VICTORIA — British Columbia officials say the province will use "every last drop" of available vaccine in its parallel COVID-19 vaccination programs.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has allowed health authorities to target outbreaks and help front-line workers, as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are used for B.C.'s age-based vaccine rollout.

B.C. reported 737 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 90,786.

The province also reported two new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,421.

Henry and Dix say 490,022 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,139 of which are second doses.

There have been 68 new cases of variants of concern, bringing the total to 1,200 cases.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 19, 2021.

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