The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada on Friday, March 5, 2021

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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times eastern):

10:40 a.m.

Ontario is reporting 1,250 new cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says that 337 of those new cases are in Toronto, 167 are in Peel Region, and 129 are in York Region.

The province also reports a single-day high of 35,886 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered since Thursday's update.

Ontario also reports 22 more deaths linked to the virus.

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10:35 a.m.

Nova Scotia is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today.

Health officials say the new cases are in the health region that includes Halifax.

They say one case involves a close contact of a previously reported infection and the other is under investigation.

The province has 31 active reported cases of the disease.

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10:20 a.m.

The Manitoba government is now predicting it will be able to provide all eligible adults with a first dose of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of June.

Officials say it might even be as early as mid-May, depending on the flow of supplies.

The timeline has been moved up by months as more vaccines have been approved by the federal government.

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10 a.m.

Health Canada has approved the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson and Johnson, saying it has the evidence showing the vaccine is both safe and effective against the novel coronavirus that causes the disease.

It is the fourth vaccine to be approved in Canada and the first and only one Canada has purchased that requires just a single dose.

Canada has pre-purchased 10 million doses, with options to buy another 28 million.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021.

The Canadian Press