Toronto Arena Becomes Clinic, Breaks Record With 26,771 Shots
(Bloomberg) -- The Toronto Raptors were the only team in the National Basketball Association not to play in its home arena this season due to Covid-19 restrictions. On Sunday, they handed over the venue to health authorities to smash Canada’s record for most vaccinations at a single site in a day.
The clinic at the Scotiabank Arena administered 26,771 doses of Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. vaccines, according to a statement on Twitter from the facility’s owner, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
Other sports venues including London Stadium and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles have been used for mass vaccinations. The Texas Motor Speedway recorded more than 17,000 shots on one day in April -- an event that Toronto officials cited as a previous record for a clinic in North America, and a number they intended to beat.
Canada’s vaccination campaign got off to a slow start as the country struggled to get enough supply. In the middle of May, only 3% of residents had been fully vaccinated.
But the pace has accelerated as more shipments of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines arrived, and about one-quarter of the population has now received two shots, according to CTV News. Some economists have estimated Canada will have 75% of its population fully vaccinated by late July or August.
That’s putting pressure on the government of Justin Trudeau to ease border restrictions that have kept out tourists and many other travelers since the pandemic began -- and forced the Raptors and baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays to play their home games at U.S. stadiums.
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