Canada COVID-19 booster update coming ‘very shortly’: Tam

Canadians can expect an update on the potential use of additional COVID-19 shots for the most at-risk “very shortly,” the country’s top doctor says. Speaking at a news conference Friday … Read More

Novavax seeks WHO approval for emergency listing of COVID-19 vaccine

Novavax Inc and its partner Serum Institute of India have applied to the World Health Organization for an emergency use listing of Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine, potentially clearing the way for … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine inequity now top of mind at United Nations meeting

The inequity of COVID-19 vaccine distribution will come into sharper focus Thursday as many of the African countries whose populations have little to no access to the life-saving shots step … Read More

CDC grapples with who should get a COVID-19 booster shot

An influential panel of advisers to the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention grappled Wednesday with the question of which Americans should get COVID-19 booster shots, with some members … Read More

U.S. FDA approves COVID-19 boosters for some high-risk people as CDC mulls guidance

The U.S. moved a step closer Wednesday to offering booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to senior citizens and others at high risk from the virus as the Food and … Read More

U.S. parents await results as kids’ COVID-19 vaccine nears approval

In an ideal world, Leah Smithers said she could afford to wait for longer-term testing of the COVID-19 vaccines before getting the jab for her 10-year-old son. But with his … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine effective in children ages 5 to 11, Pfizer says

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward … Read More

COVID-19 booster debate in U.S. heads to FDA vaccine advisory committee

The debate over whether Americans should receive a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine moves to a panel of independent expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration … Read More

Saskatchewan research group’s COVID-19 vaccine moves to Phase 2 clinical trials

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, known as VIDO, at the University of Saskatchewan is moving to Phase 2 of clinical testing of a COVID-19 vaccine developed at its lab … Read More

Unclear whether U.K.’s booster plan will mean new doses every 6 months, chief says

The chair of Britain’s vaccine group said it was unclear whether or not there would be a recurrent programme of COVID-19 vaccine boosters every six months after a plan announced … Read More

September a ‘critical time’ for Canada’s COVID-19 fight, experts say

September is a pivotal month for Canada’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, according to public health and infectious disease experts. Students across the country are returning to school, fully vaccinated … Read More

B.C.’s hospitality industry concerned about anger over COVID-19 vaccine cards

A protest against vaccines and vaccine passports took place in Vancouver on Wednesday, although with fewer people in attendance than a rally held last week. Amid the protests, some leaders … Read More

U.S. likely to approve Pfizer COVID-19 booster soon, Modern could take longer: Fauci

Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that officials were likely to soon get the regulatory go-ahead to administer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots made by Pfizer, although … Read More

U.S. likely to approve Pfizer COVID-19 booster soon, Moderna could take longer: Fauci

Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that officials were likely to soon get the regulatory go-ahead to administer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots made by Pfizer, although … Read More

After huge protest at hospital, Kelowna, B.C. woman calls for rally in support of health workers

Health workers who faced jeers and harassment at a rally in front of Kelowna General Hospital for “health freedoms” Wednesday deserve better, a local woman says. “I’ve heard from a … Read More

Calgary feed shop forced to hide Ivermectin livestock dewormer being touted as COVID-19 cure

Doctors in Canada and the United States are warning against the use of animal deworming drug Ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. The US Food and Drug Administration issued … Read More

Alberta oil company requires workers be fully vaccinated or rapid test negative for COVID-19

Effective Friday, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. will require everyone on its work sites to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or take a rapid test. This is an extension of the … Read More

Ontario won’t reach COVID-19 herd immunity until vaccines given to children under 12, report finds

A report by Public Health Ontario says that at least 90 per cent vaccine coverage against COVID-19 for the entire population is needed to achieve herd immunity and that vaccines … Read More

Interior Health administers hundreds of ‘invalid doses’ of COVID-19 vaccine

By Kathy Michaels Global News Posted August 24, 2021 2:51 pm     Updated August 24, 2021 3:54 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article … Read More

‘Breakthrough’ COVID-19 infections rising among fully vaccinated in U.S., CDC data shows

Some 25 per cent of COVID-19 infections among Los Angeles County residents occurred in fully vaccinated residents from May through July 25, a period that includes the impact of the … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine boosters taming Delta variant in Israel, health officials claim

Less than a month into a COVID-19 vaccine booster drive, Israel is seeing signs of an impact on the country’s high infection and severe illness rates fueled by the fast-spreading … Read More

62% of small and medium sized businesses support COVID vaccine mandates, survey says

When the fourth wave of COVID-19 started to intensify, Toronto-based tech company Staffy decided it was time to implement a vaccination mandate. The company, which provides an on-demand workforce platform … Read More

Most Canadians unsympathetic to unvaccinated who get sick with COVID-19, poll finds

The majority of Canadians vaccinated against COVID-19 say they don’t sympathize towards unvaccinated Canadians that become sick with COVID-19, according to the results of a new poll. The findings, detailed … Read More

U.S. will give COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all Americans amid Delta surge

U.S. health officials Wednesday recommended all Americans get COVID-19 booster shots to shore up their protection amid the surging Delta variant and evidence that the vaccines’ effectiveness is falling. The … Read More

Here’s where the major party leaders stand on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

Recent surges of cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant are prompting political leaders and health-care experts around the world to search for ways to limit the spread of the virus. … Read More

Notice offering options for federal workers who refuse vaccines was ‘erroneous’: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is campaigning for re-election, says a notice posted online advising of “alternative” options for federal workers who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine was taken down because … Read More

Canada clinches more COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna in new agreement

The federal government has reached an agreement with Moderna for additional supply of COVID-19 vaccines until 2024. The agreement secures Canada’s access to 40 million doses of the mRNA vaccine, … Read More

Poor countries still waiting for COVID-19 vaccines as COVAX donations trickle in

An international system to share coronavirus vaccines was supposed to guarantee that low and middle-income countries could get doses without being last in line and at the mercy of unreliable … Read More

U.S. FDA OKs COVID-19 vaccine boosters for immunocompromised

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. for people with compromised immune systems. A few other … Read More

COVID-19: MLHU extends vaccination to 11-year-olds turning 12 this year

The Middlesex-London Health Unit says, effective immediately, anyone born in 2009 or earlier will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The change means that 11-year-olds who are turning 12 … Read More

Canada to donate 10M J&J COVID-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries

Canada will donate up to 10M additional doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines — also known as the Janssen vaccine — internationally, the federal government announced Wednesday. “I … Read More

How to reach the vaccine-hesitant: What experts, reluctant Canadians say

Roshelle Lawrence was worried about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. There were many reasons, she said. “A lot of propaganda, of course, going around on social media. The fact that it … Read More

Liberals in process of verifying COVID-19 vaccines for election candidates: official

The federal Liberals now say the party is in the process of verifying whether their candidates for a hotly anticipated election are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The update comes after … Read More

Liberals, Conservatives won’t say if election candidates have COVID-19 vaccine

Canada’s Liberal and Conservative parties won’t say if they’ve mandated COVID-19 vaccination among their candidates — or even whether they’re asking them about their vaccination status — as rumours swirl … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna to build mRNA production plant in Canada

U.S. drug maker Moderna will sign an agreement with the Canadian government Tuesday promising to build an mRNA production plant in Canada. Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel will sign the memorandum … Read More

New Moderna plant opening in Canada, but we still don’t know where

Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne says a new vaccine production facility, set to be built by Moderna, will help Canada prepare for the next pandemic. Champagne announced in Montreal that Moderna … Read More

Canada’s cyber security chief shifts focus to developing COVID-19 vaccine passport

One of the country’s leading voices on cyber security is shifting focus to take on a new role developing the COVID-19 vaccine passport that Canadians will be able to use … Read More

Quebec gym owner facing threats over policy to require clients to show proof of vaccination

Quebec Premier Francois Legault announced Thursday that a vaccine passport plan is in the works for the province, where non-essential services are expected to only be available for vaccinated people. … Read More

Do Canadians need booster vaccines? Experts echo WHO’s call for pause

Canada should listen to the World Health Organization (WHO) and not offer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to its population right now, some experts say. The recommendations come after the WHO … Read More

Trudeau suggests mandatory COVID-19 vaccines under review for some workers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has asked the country’s top bureaucrat to look into mandating COVID-19 vaccination for workers in the federal public service and potentially federally regulated workplaces, … Read More

Alberta plan to remove COVID-19 measures is ‘risky gamble,’ fed health minister tells Shandro

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu sent an email to Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro to raise concerns about the province’s plan to stop contact tracing, to scale back testing, and … Read More

Albertans protest ending mandatory COVID-19 isolation, masking and testing changes

Medical professionals helped organize two rallies Friday at noon showing opposition to the Alberta government’s plan to lift mandatory isolation rules, scale back contact tracing and COVID-19 testing. Read more: … Read More

Canada doesn’t need vaccine boosters yet, but planning for possibility: Tam

Canada isn’t ready to offer COVID-19 booster shots as there’s “not enough data” to support it quite yet, the country’s top doctor said Friday, despite countries like Israel pushing ahead … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine protection likely to dim over time: U.K. advisers

The protection that COVID-19 vaccines give against coronavirus infection, and potentially severe disease, is highly likely to wane over time so vaccine campaigns will continue for years to come, scientists … Read More

COVID-19: Moderna ‘essentially the same’ as Pfizer, Mackie says as clock ticks on thawed doses

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is continuing to urge the unvaccinated and partially vaccinated to get immunized against COVID-19 as it looks to use up thousands of thawed Moderna doses … Read More

Israel considers COVID-19 booster shots for seniors to fend off Delta variant

Israel is considering giving a third shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to its elderly population even before FDA approval in order to help fend off the Delta coronavirus variant, a health … Read More

Ontario asks feds to work with WHO on ensuring mixed COVID-19 vaccines recognized abroad

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted July 26, 2021 11:15 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Ontario has asked the federal … Read More

Should COVID-19 vaccines be mandatory for healthcare workers? Experts weigh in

Several European countries have made COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for their healthcare workers – and now there are growing calls to do the same in Canada as the country slowly reopens. … Read More

Are fake vaccine cards being used to enter Canada?

The debate surrounding the need for COVID-19 vaccine passports continues, but it seems some people are already looking for ways around the system. There are multiple reports of fake vaccine … Read More

Canada’s vaccine supply to hit 66M doses next week — enough for all currently eligible

By next week, Canada will have enough COVID-19 vaccines in the country to inoculate every eligible Canadian, government officials said Tuesday. The country is set to hit a total stockpile … Read More