Coronavirus news and updates for Friday, May 27, 2022

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world on Friday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

7:20 a.m. A Toronto doctor has vaccinated hundreds of children under the age of five, some as young as six months, against COVID-19, even though Health Canada has not licensed the vaccine for this age group.

The Star has learned that public health officials stepped in after discovering that Dr. Christopher Sun, a family physician in Weston-Mount Dennis, was administering COVID vaccines to ineligible children.

In a conversation with the Star, Sun said he administered the COVID vaccine to some 500 children between the ages of six months and five years over a three-month period, a decision he said he made “to protect children.”

Sun, who believes he was “one of the only people in Ontario” vaccinating children under five, said he felt compelled to give the “off-label” COVID vaccine to this age group after some parents began to request the vaccine at the end of December. He was told that they wanted to protect the families from him during the Omicron wave.

Read the full story of Star’s Megan Ogilvie and May Warren

Friday 6:19 a.m.: According to North Korea, its fight against COVID-19 has been impressive: about 3.3 million people have been reported sick with a fever, but only 69 have died.

If they are all coronavirus cases, that’s a fatality rate of 0.002%, something no other country, including the world’s richest, has achieved against a disease that has killed more than 6 million people.

North Korea’s claims, however, are met with widespread doubt some two weeks after it acknowledged its first domestic outbreak of COVID-19. Experts say the impoverished north should have suffered far more deaths than reported because there are too few vaccines, a significant number of malnourished people and a lack of intensive care facilities and testing kits to detect virus cases in large numbers.

North Korea’s secrecy makes it unlikely that outsiders will be able to confirm the true scale of the outbreak. Some observers say North Korea is underestimating the deaths to protect leader Kim Jong Un at all costs. There is also the possibility that it has exaggerated the outbreak in an attempt to tighten control of its 26 million inhabitants.

Read Thursday’s coronavirus news.

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