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5 things you need to know this morning: May 21, 2020

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. IOC chief says Tokyo Olympics would be scrapped if not held in 2021

International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach has said that the Tokyo Games would have to be called off if the event cannot be held next year due to the pandemic.

2. At least 84 dead as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall in India and Bangladesh

Cyclone Amphan left a trail of destruction after hitting the coastal areas of India and Bangladesh. Many areas have flooded and homes have been destroyed. Millions of people were evacuated before the cyclone made landfall. At least 84 people have lost their lives.

3. US to invest $1.2 billion to secure potential COVID-19 vaccine

The US Department of Health has pledged $1.2 billion to secure a potential vaccine from pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The vaccine’s development is in partnership with the University of Oxford. The federal government is looking to secure 300 million doses for its citizens.

4. Ontario records more than 400 new cases of COVID-19

Ontario is nearing a death toll of 2,000 as the province announced 413 new cases in a single day. Officials have conducted 577,682 tests so far, and 5,051 tests remain under investigation.

5. Dr. Bonnie Henry says second wave of COVID-19 inevitable

BC’s top doctor Bonnie Henry says that a second wave of coronavirus infections is inevitable, adding that the world has never seen a pandemic that didn't have a second wave. Henry explained that lessons learned in the past few months will help guide us through that time.

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